Course Details

Legal Research and Intellectual Property

Legal research is a unique skill and is distinct from other forms of research in that the goal is to identify and assess the authorities required to develop, present and utilize legal concepts and theories. In addition, legal research in intellectual property requires an additional level of specialized research to identify existing intellectual property, its owners, licensees, and assignees, and also to explore unique concepts and processes of IP law, such as research into "prior art" in patent law. This one-credit course will provide students with the necessary tools to conduct legal research and to evaluate the quality of legal research materials; it will have a special emphasis on the unique research requirements of intellectual property law. We will explore legal research resources and processes in detail with an emphasis on strategic and cost-effective approaches applicable to particular legal issues and working objectives. We will also study commercial database resources utilized by the legal and IP communities, as well as freely accessible Internet based resources. Students will work on individual assignments and will be organized into working groups to work collectively on in-class exercises and a final project presentation.

Catalog Number: INTPROP 915-0


Course History

Spring 2016
Title: Legal Research and Intellectual Property
Faculty: Pike, George H. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 13

Fall 2015
Title: Legal Research and Intellectual Property
Faculty: Nash, Maribel Hilo
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 12     Actual: 5

Fall 2015
Title: Legal Research and Intellectual Property
Faculty: Pike, George H. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 28     Actual: 15

Fall 2014
Title: IP & Legal Research
Faculty: Pike, George H. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 11