Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Current (and past) issues in intellectual property

from Professor Lichtman's website:

LAW & TECHNOLOGY: CURRENT ISSUES. 91302. (Formerly "Legal Infrastructure of High Technology" LAW677) The goal of this seminar is to provide a general exposure to the cutting-edge issues related to new technologies, intellectual property, and the Internet. We will be reading unpublished manuscripts from the nation's leading high-technology legal thinkers, including Mark Lemley (Berkeley), Larry Lessig (Stanford), and Yochai Benkler (NYU). The seminar structure is designed to allow the student to take whatever time would otherwise be spent on a major outside paper or final exam preparation and to focus that energy into reading and thinking about the seminar readings. Grades will be based on short reaction papers and classroom interactions. There are no prerequisites. Autumn (3).

As to legal infrastructure, one notes that none of Lemley, Lessig, Benkler, or Lichtman are registered patent attorneys.

As to high technology, recall the footnote in the University of Chicago Law Review asserting that the inventors of the transistor (Bardeen, Brattain, Shockley) foresaw applications for the transistor only for hearing aids, that Marconi thought radio was limited to point-to-point, and that Dolby et al. did not foresee personal VCRs.


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