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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: LAW & THE INFORMATION SOCIETY Cases & Materials
fourth Edition
James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins
James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins
2018  
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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: LAW & THE INFORMATION SOCIETY Cases & Materials

About the Book

This book is an introduction to intellectual property law, the set of private legal rights that allows individuals and corporations to control intangible creations and marks—from logos to novels to drug formulae—and the exceptions and limitations that define those rights. It focuses on the three main forms of US federal intellectual property—trademark, copyright and patent—but many of the ideas discussed here apply far beyond those legal areas and far beyond the law of the United States.

The book is intended to be a textbook for the basic Intellectual Property class, but because it is an open coursebook, which can be freely edited and customized, it is also suitable for an undergraduate class, or for a business, library studies, communications or other graduate school class. Each chapter contains cases and secondary readings and a set of problems or role-playing exercises involving the material. The problems range from a video of the Napster oral argument to counseling clients about search engines and trademarks, applying the First Amendment to digital rights management and copyright or commenting on the Supreme Court's rulings on gene patents.

 

James Boyle & Jennifer Jenkins, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: LAW & THE INFORMATION SOCIETY—CASES AND MATERIALS. Fourth Edition, 2018

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Sharealike 3.0 Unported license. http://creativecommons.org/licenses /by-nc-sa/3.0/. This is an unedited version of the original.

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About the Contributors

Author(s)

James Boyle is William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law at Duke Law School and the former Chairman of the Board of Creative Commons. His other books include The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind, Shamans, Software and Spleens: Law and the Construction of the Information Society and two educational graphic novels, Bound By Law and Theft: A History of Music (with Jennifer Jenkins).

Jennifer Jenkins is Clinical Professor of Law (Teaching) at Duke Law School and the Director of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain. Her recent articles include In Ambiguous Battle: The Promise (and Pathos) of Public Domain Day and Last Sale? Libraries' Rights in the Digital Age. She is the co-author, with James Boyle, of Bound By Law and Theft! A History of Music.

Table Of Contents
  • Introduction - Copyright
  • Chapter One - The Theories Behind Intellectual Property 
  • Chapter Two - Intellectual Property & the Constitution
    • 2.1 - Limitations on Congressional Power: Originality
    • 2.2 - Limitations on Congressional Power: Purpose and Novelty/Non-Obviousness
    • 2.3 - Limitations on Congressional Power: Fixation & the Interaction between Clauses
    • 2.4 - Limitations on Congressional Power: Limited Times, Term Extension and the First Amendment
  • Chapter Three - Intellectual Property & the First Amendment
  • Chapter Four - Trademark: Introduction
  • Chapter Five - Subject Matter: Requirements for Trademark Protection
    • 5.1 - Use as a Mark in Commerce
    • 5.2 - Use as a Mark: Source Identification Function
      • 5.2.1 - Actions of the Source
      • 5.2.2 - Nature of the Mark: Distinctiveness and Functionality
  • Chapter Six - Grounds for Refusing Registration
    • 6.1 - 1052(a)
      • 6.1.1 - Disparaging marks
      • 6.1.2 - Immoral or scandalous marks
      • 6.1.3 - Marks that falsely suggest a connection to persons
      • 6.1.4 - Deceptive marks
    • 6.2 - 1052(b)
    • 6.3 - 1052(c)
    • 6.4 - 1052(d)
    • 6.5 - 1052(e)
      • 6.5.1 - § 1052(e) “deceptively misdescriptive” v. § 1052(a) “deceptive”
      • 6.5.2 - Primarily geographically descriptive, or geographically deceptively misdescriptive
      • 6.5.3 - Primarily merely a surname
    • 6.6 - 1052(f)
  • Chapter Seven - Trademark Infringement
    • 7.1 - Use in Commerce
    • 7.2 - Likelihood of Confusion
    • 7.3 - Contributory Infringement
  • Chapter Eight - Defenses to Trademark Infringement: Fair & Nominative Use
  • Chapter Nine - False Advertising, Dilution & ‘Cyberpiracy’
    • 9.1 - False Advertising: False or Misleading Statements of Fact
    • 9.2 - Dilution
      • 9.2.1 - The Requirement that the Mark be Famous
      • 9.2.2 - The Requirement of “Commercial Speech”; Dilution by Tarnishment
      • 9.2.3 - Dilution by Blurring
    • 9.3 - “Cybersquatting” and “Cyberpiracy”
  • Chapter Ten - Introduction to Copyright: Theory & History
  • Chapter Eleven - Copyrightable Subject Matter
    • 11.1 - Originality: Independent Creation and a Modicum of Creativity
    • 11.2 - The Idea-Expression Distinction
    • 11.3 - Merger of Idea and Expression
    • 11.4 - Useful Articles
    • 11.5 - Methods of Operation: Introduction to Computer Software
    • 11.6 - Fixation (Copyright Meets Software, continued)
  • Chapter Twelve - Copyright’s “Reach”: Infringement
    • 12.1 - The Idea/Expression Distinction in Infringement Analysis
    • 12.2 - Copyright Meets Computer Software: The Infringement Edition
    • 12.3 - Copyright in Characters
    • 12.4 - A Two-Part Test for Copyright Infringement
    • 12.5 - “De minimis” Copying
  • Chapter Thirteen - Limitations on Exclusive Rights: Fair Use
    • 13.1 - Fair Use, Technology and Contributory Infringement
    • 13.2 - Unpublished works, “Scoops” and Political Speech
    • 13.3 - Transformative Use, Parody, Commentary and Burdens of Proof Revisited
    • 13.4 - Fair Use Meets Technology
    • 13.5 - A Fair Use Case-Study: Multiple Copies for Classroom Use
  • Chapter Fourteen - Secondary Liability for Copyright Infringement & Safe Harbors in the Digital Age
    • 14.1 - The Stakes of Contributory Infringement
    • 14.2 - Contributory and Vicarious Infringement
    • 14.3 - Inducement Liability
    • 14.4 - Safe Harbors: Section 512, Direct Infringement and Secondary Liability
  • Chapter Fifteen - Anti-Circumvention: A New Statutory Scheme
    • 15.1 - Anti-Circumvention, Fair Use, and the First Amendment
    • 15.2 - Anti-Circumvention, Competition, and Consumer Choice
    • 15.3 - The Interaction between Copyright, Contracts, and the DMCA
  • Chapter Sixteen - Copyright & State Misappropriation Law: Preemption
    • 16.1 - Subject Matter and General Scope: Extra Elements
    • 16.2 - Preemption, Misappropriation & the Fact/Expression Dichotomy
  • Chapter Seventeen - Patents: Hopes, Fears, History & Doctrine
    • 17.1 - Hopes and Fears
    • 17.2 - History
    • 17.3 - Patent Basics
      • 17.3.1 - The America Invents Act
      • 17.3.2 - The PTO Application Process
      • 17.3.3 - Reading a Sample Patent
      • 17.3.4 - International Patent Law
      • 17.3.5 - Design Patents and Infringement
  • Chapter Eighteen - Patentable Subject Matter
    • 18.1 - Laws of Nature and Natural Phenomena
    • 18.2 - Abstract Ideas, Business Methods and Computer Programs
  • Chapter Nineteen - Requirements for Patent Protection: Utility
    • 19.1 - ‘Research Intermediaries’ and Hunting Licenses
    • 19.2 - Genetic Engineering & Utility
    • 19.3 - Utility in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Chapter Twenty - Requirements for Patent Protection: Novelty
    • 20.1 - Novelty: Basics
    • 20.2 - Novelty: Novel to whom?
    • 20.3 - Novelty: Anticipation of Every Element
    • 20.4 - Novelty: Inherency
    • 20.5 - Statutory Bar: Public Use
    • 20.6 - Statutory Bar: The Experimental Use Exception
  • Chapter Twenty-one - Non-Obviousness
    • 21.1 - A Four Step Test for Obviousness
    • 21.2 - The Scope of Prior Art
    • 21.3 - Burden of Proof and “Obvious to Try”
    • 21.4 - ‘These Are Not the PHOSITA’s you’ve been looking for. . . .’
  • Chapter Twenty-two - Trade Secrecy & Preemption
  • Chapter Twenty-three - A Creative Commons? Summary and Conclusion

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