Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
Intellectual Property (IP)—"products of the mind", comprised of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets—is a highly lucrative revenue generator for those who own and control IP rights. It is also often a source of conflict for those who want to use and create IP. In the digital age, professionals spanning all sectors face fast-changing, complex IP ownership and use issues related to scholarly communication, research practice, teaching pedagogies, and platforms, data sharing, knowledge management, entrepreneurial endeavors, and service access and delivery. As the checks-and-balances undergirding IP policy and legislation have eroded and shifted over the last century toward a more restrictive IP landscape, "upstart" grassroots movements—Open Access, Open/Data, Open Education, and a growing array of Opens—founded upon restorative missions of "social justice" and "public commons", have emerged to promote work-around and work-with responses to an often-imbalanced IP ecological system. Using a weekly case study framework, this course identifies and explores fundamentals and key issues of copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and the major Open Movements, to better prepare professionals to work and thrive within IP-infused employment settings.
Academic Career: Graduate
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: Grad LG/SNC Basis
Course Attributes: Global Studies

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