Overview of Major Topics Covered:
Introduction to Intellectual Property; The Pedagogy of Intellectual Property; Unfair Competition; Misappropriation; Passing Off; Introduction to Trademark Law; Types of Trademarks; Distinctiveness; Secondary Meaning; Marks Precluded from Registration; Geographic Terms; Immoral or Scandalous Marks; Prior Use of Marks; Product or Container Shapes; Aesthetic Functionality; Colors; Trade Dress; Ownership; Use Under the Common Law; Lanham Act Registration; Common Law Trademark Rights; National Expression Doctrine; Rights Under the Lanham Act; Incontestability; Infringement; Likelihood of Confusion; The Polaroid Factors; Fair Use; Parodies; Comparative Advertising; Reconditioned Goods; Abandonment; Remedies; Grey Market Goods; Dilution; Closing Thoughts on Trademark Laws; The Right to Publicity; Protection of Submitted Ideas; Introduction to Copyright Law; the Subject Matter of Copyright; Originality; Fixation; Ideas, Processes and Procedures; Categories of Authorship; Pictorial, Graphic and Sculptural Works; Separability; Sound Recordings; Architectural Works; Compilations; Derivative Works; Copyright Formalities; Publication; Notice; Deposit; Registration; Ownership; Joint Works; Works Made for Hire; Transfer of Copyrights; Compulsory Licenses; The Exclusive Rights; Reproduction; Adaptation; Distribution; Public Performance; Display; Moral Rights; Attribution; Integrity; Duration of Copyright; Termination of Transfers; Infringement; The Subtractive Approach; The Total Concept and Feel Approach; Fragmented Literal Similarity; Comprehensive Nonliteral Similarity; Indirect Infringement; Computer Programs; Fair Use; Parodies; Remedies; Closing Thoughts on Copyright Law; Semiconductor Chip Protection Act; Vessel Hull Design Protection Act; Introduction to Trade Secret Law; Secrecy; Value; Breach of Confidential Relationship; Improper Means of Acquisition; Remedies; Non-Competition Agreements; Introduction to Patent Law; Subject Matter; Biotechnology; Computer Programs; Methods of Doing Business; Utility; Novelty; Public Use Bar; On Sale Bar; Experimental Use; Abandonment; Delayed U.S. Filing; Prior Invention; Priority; Interferences; Conception; Reduction to Practice; Diligence; Corroboration; Patent Award to the Second Inventor; Derivation; Anticipation; Inherency; Nonobviousness; Analogous Arts; The Graham Factor; The Secondary Consideration; Enablement; Written Description; Best Mode; The Claims; Prosecution; Inventorship; PTO Procedures; Continuing Applications; Foreign Priority; Patent Term; Reissue; Reexamination; Patent Enforcement; Literal Infringement; Doctrine of Equivalents; The All Elements Rule; Prosecution History Estoppel; Prior Art Limitations; Indirect Infringement; Defenses; Inequitable Conduct; Laches; Estoppel; Shop Right; Reverse Doctrine of Equivalents; Remedies; Reasonable Royalties; Lost Profits; Marking; Design Patents; Plant Patents; Closing Thoughts on Patent laws; Preemption; Closing Thoughts on Intellectual Property
About the Professor:
Professor John R. Thomas is a member of the faculty of the George Washington University School of Law, where he teaches courses in Intellectual Property Law. He has also served as an instructor at the Patent Academy of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a co-author of the West Group Publication Patent Law: Cases and Materials. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Thomas served as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, completed fellowships at leading intellectual property research organizations in Europe and Japan, and practiced in the field of intellectual property law.