Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 804
    (1 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Advanced Brief Writing (LAW 615); permission of the Dean and the Faculty Advisor to Moot Court. Credit for participation in interscholastic moot court competition outside of the College's Moot Court Program. May be elected a maximum of two times. Graded Pass/Fail.

  • LAW 797
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Copyright, Patent & Trademark Law, L658, or permission of the instructor. This class will examine proprietary rights in information technology (i.e., computer hardware and software, databases, multimedia, networks, the Internet, etc.) and related content. An introductory course in intellectual property is encouraged, absent which students should demonstrate other appropriate background in the subject area (e.g., meaningful IT-related educational or vocational experience).

    Substantive topics to be covered will include treatment of proprietary rights in Information Technology and related content through various forms of intellectual property law (trade secret, patent, copyright, trademark and trade dress) and newly-evolving issues presented by Information Technology (e.g., linking, framing, cybersquatting); growth of e-commerce and other Internet activities and the evolution of governing legal regimes; and liability, jurisdiction and sovereignty in cyberspace.

    Students will be expected to do substantial reading and some independent research in order to contribute to class discussion and complete assignments. At the Instructor’s discretion, there may be an option to complete a research and writing project in lieu of a final exam. Offered infrequently.

  • LAW 613
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. A study of the principles of insurable interest, indemnity, subrogation; interests of third parties, beneficiaries, and assignees; the insuring agreement, exclusions, and conditions; warranties, representations, and concealment; making and terminating the insurance contract; waiver, estoppel, and election by the insurer; agents and brokers; the adjustment of claims; practical exercises in reading and interpreting policy language.

  • LAW 758
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Copyright, Patent, and Trademark Law (LAW 658). This course explores emerging issues in the area of intellectual property that result from, as well as in, social and political changes Selected topics, including the economic basis for selected areas of IP, the role of Congress, the courts and private parties in the evolution of IP, federal preemption of state laws, constitutional limits, and the role of international law, will help illustrate changes driven by, and sometimes resulting in, new technology and globalization. Students will be called upon to consider solutions to problems that have arisen as a result of new technologies and to discuss various policy initiatives being pursued by Congress, the international community, and trade associations to address such problems. Students will be required to complete and defend a modest paper on a subject selected from the topics to be covered by the class. Grading will be based equal upon the quality of each student’s paper, its presentation, and class discussion and criticism of others’ papers. The course will generally not satisfy the upper level writing requirement but the professor may approve it as such on a case by case basis.

  • LAW 650
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Copyright, Patent & Trademark Law (LAW 658). This course is an advanced study of so-called “intellectual property,” at the international level. It starts with a survey of issues that are quite important at the international level but which are not always addressed in introductory or survey-level so-called IP courses. The course then reviews the basic theories and problems of so-called intellectual property, such as the continuing debate between utilitarian and natural law justifications for these regimes. From there, the course proceeds to the various international agreements which address these issues and which, consequentially, derive explicitly or implicitly from the justificatory theories. These agreements include the Paris Convention, the Berne Convention, the EEC Treaty, the Universal Copyright Convention, the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the EC Harmonization Directive, NAFTA, TRIPS, the Madrid (Trademark) Protocol, and the Trademark Registration Treaty. The rest of the course is devoted to examining the most significant portions of those international agreements as well as a study of their economic bases and consequences. Finally, the course will examine how these arrangements affect the present and future distribution of resources between the developed and undeveloped countries in light of the justificatory theories.

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