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Elizabeth E. Powers: U.S. Intellectual Property Law

1-12 April

Course description

This series of four lectures provides an introduction to U.S. law, with a focus on current intellectual property law. We begin with an overview of the U.S. legal system, so that we can put the IP laws into a legal framework. We will discuss general U.S. intellectual property law, and current case law in each of the four broad areas of intellectual property law: patents; copyrights; trademarks; and trade secrets.

Classes will focus on specific intellectual property laws: copyrights; patents; trademarks and trade secrets. For example, we will cover current court cases in patent protection of software and business method inventions, as well as current trends in pharmaceutical/medical inventions. This will be an interactive class, including in-class exercises, so that we can discuss the comparison between EU / Romanian intellectual property law and U.S. law. Thus, students who are familiar with EU / Romanian intellectual property laws are encouraged to take this class.

This promises to be a dynamic and interesting course.

Course schedule:
Wednesday, April 3: 12,00-15,00 (Room B301)
Thursday, April 4: 12,00-15,00 (Room A402)
Wednesday, April 10: 12,00-15,00 (Room B301)
Thursday, April 11: 12,00-15,00 (Room A303)


Lecturer Bio

Elizabeth E. Powers is Of Counsel at Turner Boyd LLP, which is a boutique law firm in Silicon Valley run primarily by women.. She has nearly 30 years of experience with patent and trademark prosecution, and licensing/transaction. She worked extensively with a range of start-up technology companies in formulating IP strategies, obtaining IP rights, licensing such rights, and providing due diligence. She is a published author in IP strategy, and taught IP strategy courses at Santa Clara University School of Law and at the Leavey School of Business to MBA, MS, and undergraduate students.

Ms. Powers lectures extensively, including internationally, on IP matters. Her work experience ranges from small IP firms, to large international law firms, to general counsel at a start-up technology company. She judges and mentors at several start-up competitions each year. She received her B.S., JD/MBA, and M.A. from Santa Clara University, and has an LL.M. in international law practice.


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