Department of Information Management
BBY 707 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS (Spring 2016)
Professor: John Gathegi E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Meeting Time: Tuesday, 09:00-12:00
This course examines intellectual property (IP) rights in the context of the information professions. It focuses on information ownership by surveying American and international IP law as it has evolved to modern judicial doctrine. The course is designed for professionals who manage information resources, design information systems, and provide related services in a rapidly changing economic, social, and technological environment. The course focuses on providing information professionals with a fundamental understanding of the importance and impact of IP law on the information profession.
Background reading texts:
WIPO Intellectual Property Handbook: Policy, Law and Use (AVAILABLE ONLINE)
Gathegi, J.N. Digital Librarians Legal Handbook. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2012.
WIPO Intellectual Property Panorama Modules (AVAILABLE ONLINE)
Other readings will be obtained online.
The readings in the course will introduce students to IP law and its application to information policy. The intent is to assist students to:
- Understand the relationship between IP law and the information professions
- Understand selected IP issues of importance to information professionals and to the general public
- Become familiar with US constitutional provisions, federal laws, regulations and international laws relating to selected IP issues
- Describe and analyze IP issues in writing.
At the completion of the course, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of major intellectual property issues and their interrelationships
- Demonstrate familiarity with laws and regulations relating to copyright issues
- Describe and analyze copyright policy issues
While the professor will meet with students at the end of each class session, you are also encouraged to contact the professor with questions, issues, etc., throughout the course. E-mail is the best contact medium.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION
This course is designed as an IP primer. Thus, students will be exposed to a number of IP issues and literature. Given the breadth and depth of a number of these issue areas, it will not be possible to cover all aspects of the issues throughout the course. Doing the assigned readings is required, and students are encouraged to explore as much outside reading as possible.
Participation and Group Presentation:
You are expected to participate fully in this course. This means that you are prepared every week to lead in whatever capacity is required.
There are several assignments in this course. Please pay close attention to any instructions that accompany the assignments.
1. The following constitute CONTINUING READ and REACT ASSIGNMENTS throughout the semester
Each class member will pick ONE reading from the weekly reading (or Supplemental Readings) for discussion and debate during class.
In addition, Questions for Discussion for the different topics will be given to the class in general, prior to the topic under discussion.
2. Students will have the choice of EITHER taking a final exam essay, OR writing a final paper on the topic of their choice.
CHOICE 1: EXAM ESSAY
The exam will be a single-spaced essay not exceeding 5 pages on a topic to be selected from several options. The exam will cover one general area covered in the topics we have discussed, and this general area will be communicated to the students during the last several weeks of the semester. Students will be able to bring in the other topics to bear on the question if appropriate. The exam will be given on May 10, 2016 and will be due back via email to the professor by 17:00 hours on May 17, 2016.
CHOICE 2: FINAL PAPER
Students choosing this option must notify the professor of the topic they have chosen at least three weeks before the end of the semester. The paper should not exceed 15 single-spaced pages and must be submitted via email to the professor by 17:00 hours on May 17, 2016.
In assessing your written work, I will be looking for the following characteristics in your writing (in this order):
- strong substantive analysis;
- originality of thought;
- coherent organization;
- effective utilization of assigned readings (or outside research);
- and clarity of expression.
40 Points based on participation/attendance in the course discussions and other evidence of your engagement in the issues presented by the readings.
60 Points based on a Final Essay Examination or Paper
Total Points possible: 100