Intellectual Property: Projects (2014)

Patents (Spring 2014).

Draft an opinion letter to your client regarding a patent. Objectively advise client on issues of validity, infringement, and remedies.

  • Deadline: Work product should be sent electronically to no later than Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at midnight EST (end-of-day).
  • Patent at issue: U.S. patent 7,789,902
  • Other information:
    • “Client” is a law school graduate who owns PDD, knows little-to-nothing about patent law.
    • You may discuss the project and get comments on drafts, but only with other members of this class.
    • You may look to pre-existing materials such as forms and samples of opinion letters, but you must disclose such materials to me when you submit your work product. Cf. 37 C.F.R. 1.56 (duty of candor with Patent Office).
    • NPR story on the technology
    • Information on the actual product

Copyright (Spring 2014).

Research and document online infringement. Draft a cease-and-desist letter and transmit to the infringer. Advise client on the matter in objective memo.

  • Deadline: April 14, 2014, 5PM EST
  • Details on project: click here for 2014 project (to be updated for 2015)

Trademark (Spring 2014).

Do “knock-out” search on trademark or service mark. Engage in online research regarding whether trademark is pre-empted by existing registration, application, or use. Draft letter discussing mark’s registrability, enforceability, risk of liability, and your overall recommendation.

  • Deadline: April 28, 2014, 5PM EST
  • Details on project: click here for 2014 project (to be updated for 2015)

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