Law 307 - Intellectual Property

Douglas Lichtman

Douglas Lichtman

Professor of Law
B.S.E. Duke University, 1994
J.D. Yale, 1997
UCLA Faculty Since 2007
Course Description:

Patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law are increasingly playing a central role in the economy, in business strategy, in scientific achievement, and in culture as well.  This survey is designed to introduce to students all of these major areas of intellectual property law.  For some students, this will be their only exposure to these fundamental legal rules.  The goal in this respect is to provide enough information that, in practice, students will at least be able to spot intellectual property issues and know where to turn for help.  For others, the material here will be a launching pad for follow-on subject-specific courses and thinking.  No technical background is required. 

Students may not concurrently take this class and either the copyright or patent stand-alone course; and students who have previously taken one of those stand-alone courses must receive written permission from the instructor prior to enrolling in this course.

Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, students should have comfortable familiarity with the core concepts and rules that animate patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Douglas Lichtman 20S 307 LEC 1 TR 10:35 AM - 12:35 PM 4.0 No No
  Instructor consent required for students who have taken Law 302. Copyright and/or Law 306. Patent Law.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Spring 2020 LEC 1
Lemley,Menell and Merges Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age: 2019: Vol. I Perspectives, Trade Secrets and Patents  2019 ed.  
ISBN: 9781945555121. Clause 8. REQUIRED
Notes: Book will be available from Amazon self-publishing.
Lemley,Menell and Merges Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age: 2019: Vol. II Copyrights, Trademarks and State IP Protections   2019 ed.  
ISBN: 9781945555138. Clause 8. REQUIRED
Notes: Book will be available from Amazon self-publishing.