Trademark Litigation - Spring 2017

Class Meeting Time: Tuesdays from 6:00 - 8:50 p.m. in Warren Hall 133

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. in Warren Hall 211C

Course Description

This advanced trademark class will provide students with the legal and practical skills necessary to become successful trademark litigators. Students will learn how to litigate a trademark case, including how to develop a case strategy, write a demand letter, and draft pleadings, written discovery, and motions frequently used in trademark litigation. Students will also strengthen their oral communication skills through class participation and in-class exercises simulating oral arguments before a judge or meetings with partners and clients. They will perform tasks and legal research and analysis similar to junior attorneys involved in actual trademark litigation. The grade will be based on the writing assignments and in-class oral exercises. Prerequisite: Intellectual Property Survey, Trademark Law, or Trademarks Seminar.

Required Materials and Weekly Assignments

You are required to purchase the book Mary LaFrance, Understanding Trademark Law (3d ed. 2016) - ISBN: 9780327189886. Other required course materials are free and available to you online through Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg, and other resources on the Internet, including trademark treatises, forms, documents used in real trademark litigation, and other resources used by trademark attorneys. Each week students will be required to read certain assigned materials, perform their own legal research and analysis, and/or draft or revise documents just like junior trademark attorneys. Students will also prepare for in-class exercises simulating oral arguments before a judge, depositions, or meetings with partners and clients. You should assume that you will talk every class. Finally, students will be required to keep track of their time just like in a law firm and report the total amount of time they spend each week on research, writing, preparation for our meetings, and other assignments for the class. Please see the TWEN page for this class on Westlaw for our assignments and a copy of the syllabus, and let me know if you have any questions about the class.