Course Details

Innovation Law

This seminar starts from the assumption that innovation is a central policy concern of our times. A number of areas of law concern or affect innovation, such that many academics consider that there is an emerging body of ‘innovation law’ arising therefrom. The seminar will test the extent to which innovation is adequately and coherently factored across these areas of law, and hence whether ‘innovation law’ is truly emerging. We will start with a review of innovation literature in economics, business, sociology and science and technology, in order to gain a fuller understanding of innovation, and to develop a model of innovation for the purposes of legal analysis. Against that backdrop, we will then dedicate a number of courses to examining how innovation is integrated in the law in areas such as intellectual property, antitrust, economic regulation, standardization or public procurement. We will also look at the interplay between innovation and public policy (such as safety, health, environment or consumer protection): is there “good” and “bad” innovation? What can public policy instruments do to foster the former and steer away from the latter? Teaching Methods: Class Participation, Discussion and Lecture Evaluation Methods: Essay. Students who would like to complete the 2 draft OR 3 draft writing requirement and earn one additional credit hour in this course will be able to self-enroll in the associated LAWWRT 602 or 603 section (cannot enroll in both) during open enrollment January 3, 2017-February 3, 2017. 2 draft class #:30807 3 draft class #:30829

Catalog Number: PPTYTORT 695

Course History

Spring 2017
Title: Innovation Law
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 9