LAW 597P SEC 1 – Intellectual Property Clinic.
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In the Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic, students focus on intellectual property, First Amendment, 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, free press and free speech rights, government transparency, and privacy, among others. (While the docket has not been set for the next semester, there will likely be at least one team dealing with copyright law, one team working with early stage startups, and one team working on First Amendment and government transparency work on behalf of journalists and similar news media clients.)
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, First Amendment rights, and other areas of the law impacted by technology. Clients may include individual artists, filmmakers, non-profit organizations, early-stage startups, policymakers, journalists, 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
- Representing journalists and media clients in challenges to gag orders, court sealing orders, and other types of government secrecy
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
- Counseling low-budget and marginalized journalists and media clients on defamation and privacy issues in investigative stories
- Challenging court gag orders against journalists and restrictions on access to court documents
- Challenging decisions such as literature bans in prisons that violate First Amendment rights and related rights
In the companion seminar, the Clinic will examine public interest practice in intellectual property law, technology law, and First Amendment law, explore related substantive areas, 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.