Intellectual Property Law and Design

What do a couture gown and a semiconductor chip have in common? Neither adapts easily to the traditional categories of the intellectual property law system.

IP assumes a fundamental division between expression and function, institutionalized in the separate forms of copyright and patent protection. Most of the created objects that we encounter in our daily lives, however - from the buildings in which we live to the clothes we wear to the icons on our computer screens - combine aesthetic, expressive, and functional elements.

This seminar explores the concept of design as it relates to intellectual property law, including the domestic and international doctrines and mechanisms that address the perceived gap between art and craft. In the process, we will examine the theoretical underpinnings of IP law itself, along with the ways in which creative industries ranging from fashion design to information technology to architecture (and many others) have responded to the challenges of the IP regime. 
Credits: 2

Type: SEM

Additional information: It is recommended that students have taken another intellectual property course (e.g. Intellectual Property, Copyright, Patent, Trademark, IP Theory, etc.) before enrolling in this seminar.