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15.628 Patents, Copyrights, and the Law of Intellectual Property, Spring 2003

Thomas A. Edison's patent application for incandescent lighbulb.
Thomas A. Edison's patent application for incandescent lighbulb. (Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration, http://www.archives.gov/exhibit_hall/american_originals_iv/introduction.html.)

Highlights of this Course

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Course Description

This weekly seminar examines key concepts of U.S. intellectual property law, with emphasis on patents and copyrights and a briefer look at trade secrets and trademarks. Current issues relating to information technologies and business methods will be highlighted. The seminar has no prerequisites, and is designed for both graduate students and undergraduates. Half of the seats in the seminar are reserved for students from MIT departments other than Sloan.

 

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
One session / week
1.5 hours / session

Level

Undergraduate / Graduate

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