LAW 597P SEC 1 – Intellectual Property Clinic.
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In the Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic, students focus on intellectual property, media and technology law. Students will have the opportunity to work with live clients on pressing issues where technology, law, and the public interest intersect, in fields such as copyright, patent, and privacy, among others. (While the docket has not been set for the fall, there will likely be at least two projects dealing with copyright law.)
Through the experience of directly counseling and representing clients (under the supervision of the professor) in various forums, students will learn professional responsibility and advocacy skills, substantive law and procedural rules related to their projects, and will closely examine the role of the public interest in intellectual property and other areas of the law related to technology. Clients may include individual artists, filmmakers, non-profit organizations, policymakers, or entrepreneurs. Potential projects include:
- Drafting and filing amicus briefs or regulatory comments
- Counseling and representing nonprofits, entrepreneurs, scientists, or others with IP or tech-related challenges
- Counseling individuals and institutions in the developing world
- Designing model licensing systems
- Presenting at conferences or conducting trainings
- Participating in regulatory or legislative hearings
Representative clinic projects include:
- Advising entrepreneurs and non-profits on questions of patent, copyright, privacy and media law
- Counseling policymakers and others in the developing world on complex international IP questions
- Filing amicus briefs in state and federal courts of appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court
- Helping low-budget and marginalized documentary filmmakers make fair use of copyrighted materials appropriately and responsibly
- Advocating in administrative rulemakings and other regulatory proceedings via comments, testimony and other forms of participation
Press Release: UCI Law clinic files petitions to help filmmakers, e-book authors secure fair use rights
- Working with a nationwide coalition of documentary and independent filmmakers on regulatory proceedings involving network neutrality in the Federal Communications Commission and the doctrine of fair use in the Library of Congress
In the companion seminar, the Clinic will examine public interest practice in intellectual property and technology law, explore related substantive law, and spend significant time workshopping and discussing Clinic projects. One to three short papers per semester will likely be assigned as part of the seminar. Student teams will also meet on a weekly basis with the Clinic Director.
Prerequisite: Prior completion or concurrent enrollment in LAW 514 Evidence is required. Fulfills the clinic degree requirement.