Intellectual Property, Technology Law, and Entrepreneurship Courses

Professor Randy Picker

The courses listed below provide a taste of the Administrative Law courses offered at the Law School, although no formal groupings exist in our curriculum. This list includes the courses taught in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. Not all of these courses are offered every year, but this list will give you a representative sample of the variety of courses we might offer over any two-year period. Other new courses will likely be offered during your time at the Law School.

PLEASE NOTE: This page does not include courses for the current academic year. To browse current course offerings, visit my.UChicago.

Advanced Contract Skills

Spring 2018, Joan Neal

This two-credit seminar will include a series of discrete topics to help students who want to become transactional lawyers hone more advanced contract skills (perhaps including pre-contract issue spotting, review of and issue spotting in more complex types of agreements, pros and cons of contract simplification, drafting of transaction-specific provisions raising complex business issues, etc.). Some classes will include guest speakers from practice (both law firm and in-house counsel). Contract Drafting and Review is a prerequisite for this seminar. Grades will be based upon class participation, preparation for guest speakers, and a series of weekly written homework assignments and in-class exercises. For the additional credit, students will need to get professor approval to either comment/mark up a complex agreement or write a 10-page paper expanding on one of the topics we cover in the class.

Advanced Contracts: Sales Law for A Modern Economy

Spring 2017, Lisa Bernstein

This class is an advanced contracts class that focuses on Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. It presents the material from a hybrid jurisprudential, transactional and litigation perspective in an effort to help students integrate what they have learned about contracts in theory, into the types of tasks that they will face as a transactional lawyer. For (almost) every class students will prepare a written exercise (about 2-4 pages) applying the material in the reading, these range from writing letters to clients, to lecturing the loading dock staff of a company, to researching the content of industry norms, to drafting contract clauses to deal with particular transactional realities. During the quarter students will do a mock appellate argument, a negotiation, and will draft a sales agreement. There is no exam. Written assignments and the final contract will count for 60% of the grade, the other 40% will be based on class preparation and participation.

Antitrust Law

Winter 2018, Randal Picker

This course provides an introduction to the law of antitrust. The course focuses on the practices by which competing firms eliminate, or are alleged to eliminate, competition among themselves. The practices considered include formal cartels, price-fixing conspiracies, conscious parallelism, trade association activities, resale price maintenance, and mergers to monopoly and other types of horizontal merger. The course also looks at the practices by which firms, either singly or in combination, exclude actual or potential competitors from their markets, by means of practices such as boycotts, predatory pricing, tying arrangements, vertical integration, and price discrimination under the Robinson-Patman Act. Both price and non-price vertical restrictions are considered. The grade is based on a final in-class examination.


  • Winter 2017, Randal Picker
  • Spring 2017, Andrew Rosenfield

Art Law

Autumn 2017, Anthony Hirschel and William Landes

This seminar examines legal issues in the visual arts including artist's rights and copyright, government regulation of the art market, valuation problems related to authentication and artist estates, disputes over the ownership of art, illicit international trade of art, government funding of museums and artists, and First Amendment issues as they relate to museums and artists. Final grade will be based on: a series of short research papers and class participation.


  • Autumn 2016, Anthony Hirschel and William Landes

Business Planning

Winter 2018, Keith Crow and Anthony Sexton

This seminar develops and applies the student's knowledge of taxation and corporate and securities law in the solution of a series of transactional problems involving typical steps in business formation and rearrangement. The problems include the formation of a closely held company; the transition to public ownership of the corporation; executive compensation arrangements; the purchase and sale of a business; and mergers, tender offers, and other types of combination transactions. Small-group discussions and lectures are employed. The student's grade is based on a final examination; students may earn an additional credit by writing a paper on a topic approved by the instructors. The student must have taken (or be taking concurrently) Business Organizations and Corporate Tax I or receive instructor approval.

Business Strategy

Autumn 2017, Emir Kamenica

This course applies tools from microeconomics, game theory, industrial organization, and theory of the firm to analyze decisions facing firms in a competitive environment. The specific focus is on strategic decisions where each firm's profits depend critically on the actions chosen by its competitors. Classes combine case analysis and discussions with lectures. Topics include pricing, positioning, strategic commitment, firm structure, and entry and exit.


  • Autumn 2016, Emir Kamenica

Coding and the Law

Autumn 2016, Nikhil Abraham

The tools used in legal analysis today rely on the same basic methods utilized before the recent exponential advancements in coding and technology. The application of modern technology tools to legal analysis will be essential to various legal areas. This seminar covers the intersection of coding and the law, with a focus on understanding and using state-of-the-art technologies, data analytics, and programming applications to examine issues in legal practice, legal scholarship, and current legal policy in legislative and regulatory bodies. Students will learn to code in Python and R using APIs, open data sets, and machine learning to conduct analyses and make novel observations and comments in various areas of law. Participants in the class will divide into teams, and each will make a weekly presentation either analyzing a legal opinion which mischaracterizes the underlying technology at issue, or answering a legal question using code. Grading will be based on weekly presentations, and class participation, including feedback on other students' presentations. Students should expect to dedicate significant time outside of the seminar to the weekly projects. No prior knowledge of coding, programming concepts or complex technology is required.

Collective Bargaining in Sports and Entertainment

Autumn 2016, Michael Leroy

This seminar examines collective bargaining in the contexts of professional sports and entertainment. The Sherman Act and Clayton Act are studied in light of antitrust exemptions that apply to monopolistic employment arrangements such as the reserve system (its opposite is called free agency), the draft and exclusive rights for a player, eligibility restrictions for star amateurs, and other anticompetitive practices in music, theater, movie, TV, and sports settings. The seminar explores how unions have evolved as potent employee responses to highly restrictive employment practices. Class readings examine powerful weapons under the National Labor Relations Act that unions may use to counteract employer cartels in theater, movies, baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and related industries. These weapons include full and partial and intermittent strikes, as well as strike threats. The seminar examines how these bargaining tactics enable rank-and-file employees, and star performers, to share in the wealth that they generate in combination with capital investments made by employers. The seminar emphasizes writing. Students are assigned weekly question sets, and are expected to submit a class paper based on the accumulation of these exercises.

Contract Drafting and Review

Spring 2018, Joan Neal

This seminar will serve as an introduction to contracting drafting and how such drafting differs from other types of legal writing. We will start with the basic "anatomy of a contract," discussing the meaning, use and effect of various provisions. The seminar will address not only legal drafting issues, but also how to understand a client's practical business needs in order to effectively use the contract as a planning and problem solving tool. Students will draft and review specific contract provisions, and will learn how to read, review and analyze contracts with an eye toward both legal and business risk issues. Final grade will be based on: substantial out of classroom work, group projects, class participation.


  • Autumn 2016, Joan Neal
  • Winter 2017, Joan Neal
  • Autumn 2017, Joan Neal
  • Winter 2017, Joan Neal
  • Winter 2018, Joan Neal


Winter 2018, Saul Levmore

This course explores the major areas of copyright law, with special emphasis on how law has responded to new technologies and political pressures. Topics include copyright duration, subject matter, and ownership; the rights and limitations of copyright holders, including the fair use doctrine; remedies for copyright infringement; and federal preemption of state law. The student's grade is based on a final examination.


  • Autumn 2016, Randal Picker

Corporate and Entrepreneurial Finance

Spring 2018, Steven Kaplan

This course uses the case method to study the practical aspects of important topics in corporate and entrepreneurial finance. We will apply the concepts and techniques of corporate finance to actual situations. The course is roughly divided into three sections: (1) financing decisions; (2) investment decisions; (3) entrepreneurial finance; and (4) private equity finance. In addition to analyzing the specific financing problems or issues, we will consider how those issues relate to the strategic objectives of the firm. It will be important to examine the "big picture" assumptions that are used in the numerical calculations. This course also places a strong emphasis on presentation and discussion skills. It will be important to explain your positions or arguments to each other and to try to argue for the implementation of your recommendations. COURSE PROCEDURES For each class meeting, I will assign study questions concerning one or two case studies. For most of the class period, we will consider the questions and the material in the cases. This includes the first meeting. You are allowed and encouraged, but not required to meet in groups outside of class to discuss and analyze the cases. Each group will submit a two-page memorandum of analysis and recommendations at the beginning of each case discussion. If you are working in a group, I will accept one memorandum from the group and count it for all students in the group. If you choose to do this, the group can include up to 3 students. Each memorandum should be typed and double-spaced. Write these as if you were writing a recommendation to the CEO or major decision maker in the case. The two page limit is for text only. You may attach as many numerical calculations as you wish. Memoranda will not be accepted after the class has met. A memorandum will be given credit if it is handed in and no credit if it is not. Initially, therefore, I will not grade them. However, I will use the memoranda to determine final grades for those students who are on the border of two grades. You should prepare a memorandum for UST, the first class. The readings and articles that I have assigned and will hand out are largely non-technical in nature and summarize the findings of academic research in corporate finance in the recent past. These articles are meant to be background material that will help you analyze the cases. They should not necessarily be cited in the case discussion. You should argue as if you were in a corporate boardroom rather than in a doctoral seminar. The process of arriving at the answer is as important as getting the answer. Because of the nature of this course (and its grading criteria), it is extremely important that you attend every class, arrive on time and be prepared to participate. To help me out, you should bring your name cards to each class. I may not remember who said what without those cards. In the past, students have asked me to hand out my case analysis after the class has discussed the case. I will not do this, because there are usually no absolute right answers. The best cases are deliberately written to be ambiguous. While there are no right answers, there are good arguments and bad arguments. This course is designed to help you learn to distinguish between sensible and senseless arguments. Handing out my analyses would reduce the ambiguity in the cases and partially defeat the purpose of doing cases. If you are uncomfortable with ambiguity, this class may not be for you.


  • Spring 2017, Steven Kaplan

Cross-Border Transactions: Securities, M&A, and Joint Ventures

Autumn 2017, Tarek Sultani

This seminar is a survey of cross-border transactions and how successfully negotiating a transaction may vary across boarders. We will first examine M&A, securities and financing transactions to gain comparative oversight. After covering this foundational overview, we will turn to Europe to gain an understanding of how various governance rules and local laws can impact transactions and procedures. Next, we will devote some time to Asian markets to show how recent changes in local law have expanded the opportunities for cross-border transactions, particularly for global supply chain transactions, and the implications of such changes on the legal profession. The course will cover a hands-on simulated negotiation. The course will also discuss the increasingly important issue of bribery, focusing primarily on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act. We will then put all this together to discuss multi-jurisdictional transactions and how to best negotiate cross-border legal, procedural and cultural differences. Final grade will be based on: Substantial out of classroom work, class participation.


  • Autumn 2016, Tarek Sultani


Winter 2017, William Ridgway and Sean Kevin Driscoll

This seminar will explore the legal issues raised by cybercrime. Topics will include: computer hacking and other computer crimes, the Fourth Amendment and civil liberties in cyberspace, the law of electronic surveillance, the freedom of speech online, technological tools used to combat cybercrime, and international cybercrime. No previous experience is required. Students are required to participate in class sessions, prepare short response papers, and write a paper on an approved topic. Students may opt to write a major research paper for three credits.

Entrepreneurship and the Law

Autumn 2017, Salen Churi, Elizabeth Kregor, Amy Hermalik

This seminar examines how the law and legal counsel influence innovation and entrepreneurship in the US, particularly by micro-enterprises. The seminar explores the position of the entrepreneur in society, in the economy, and in our constitutional framework, in order to analyze the entrepreneur's fundamental legal needs. We survey legal questions particular to start-ups, including strategies for structuring a business organization, financing, and protecting intellectual property. Assignments require students to research issues that apply to hypothetical and real start-ups and practice lawyerly skills like strategic planning, negotiation, drafting, and counseling. Students' grades will be based on active participation and several research and writing assignments.


  • Autumn 2016, Salen Churi, Elizabeth Kregor, Amy Hermalik

Greenberg Seminar: Artificial Intelligence

Spring 2018, Anthony Casey and Erin Casey

This seminar will explore a series of works on the ethical and legal issues posed by the promise of artificial intelligence and autonomous machines. Covered works will include Nick Bostrom's "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies;" Kurt Vonnegut's "The Player Piano;" the films "Ex Machina" and "Blade Runner;" and the television series "West World." We use these works to examine ethical and legal issues such as the consciousness, personhood, and culpability of autonomous machines as well as questions about how artificial intelligence may disrupt existing institutions in society. The seminar will meet twice each quarter at the professors' home in Naperville on Sunday afternoons.


  • Autumn 2017, Anthony Casey and Erin Casey
  • Winter 2018, Anthony Casey and Erin Casey

Innovation Clinic

Spring 2018, Salen Churi

The Innovation Clinic's students work with start-ups and venture capital funds on a broad range of matters in the technology and innovation sector. These include entity formation, licensing, intellectual property and licensing of intellectual property, terms of use, privacy, financings, employment agreements, stock options and employee equity, taxation, governance and founders agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, preparing for future financing and venture capital transactions, human resources, and sales and procurement agreements. Academic credit for the clinic varies and is awarded according to the Law School's general criteria for clinical courses as described in the Law School Announcements and by the approval of the clinical faculty. Co-Requisite: Entrepreneurship and the Law (unless instructor approval).


  • Autumn 2016, Salen Churi
  • Winter 2017, Salen Churi
  • Spring 2017, Salen Churi
  • Autumn 2017, Salen Churi
  • Winter 2018, Salen Churi

Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship

Spring 2018, Elizabeth Kregor and Amy Hermalik

The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, or IJ Clinic, provides legal assistance to low-income entrepreneurs who are pursuing the American Dream in spite of legal obstacles. IJ Clinic students develop practical skills in transactional lawyering while helping creative entrepreneurs earn an honest living, innovate, and build businesses that build neighborhoods. Students advise clients on issues such as business formation, licensing, zoning, strategic relationships, intellectual property protection, and regulatory compliance. Students become trusted advisors for their clients and have the opportunity to consult with clients on business developments; draft and review custom contracts; negotiate deals; research complex regulatory schemes and advise clients on how to comply; and occasionally appear before administrative bodies. Students may also work on policy projects to change laws that restrict low-income entrepreneurs. Policy work may involve legislative drafting, lobbying, and community organizing. Academic credit varies and will be awarded according to the Law School's general criteria for clinical courses as described in the Law School Announcements and by the approval of the clinical staff. The seminar Entrepreneurship & The Law is a pre- or co-requisite unless a student has received special permission from the IJ Clinic instructors. A commitment of at least two quarters is required.


  • Autumn 2016, Elizabeth Kregor and Amy Hermalik
  • Winter 2017, Elizabeth Kregor and Amy Hermalik
  • Spring 2017, Elizabeth Kregor and Amy Hermalik
  • Autumn 2017, Elizabeth Kregor and Amy Hermalik
  • Winter 2018, Elizabeth Kregor and Amy Hermalik

Intellectual Property-based Finance and Investment

Autumn 2017, Michael Friedman

Developed world corporations today are focused on an innovation heavy, tangible asset-lite model while exporting manufacturing, a lower margin enterprise. The trend is demonstrated by increased levels of R&D in innovation-driven industries, a doubling of issued patents outstanding and material, concentrated changes in the underlying IP law. While IP valuation, implementation and technological trends are coming to dominate many forms of investing, optimal risk adjusted returns morph with levels in the equity and credits markets and changes in IP law. This course will review these trends, explain the range of IP investment types (liquid/Illiquid, public/private, cash/derivative) and illustrate how insight into IP can drive investment and capital market decision making. Final grade will be based on a major paper.


  • Autumn 2016, Michael Friedman

International Investment Law

Spring 2017, Thomas Ginsburg and Ruoying Chen

Foreign investment is a central feature of the world economy, and plays an essential role in economic development. It involves a transaction in which an investor in one country (home state) sends capital to another (host state). But in many cases the transaction is subject to what is called in economics a dynamic inconsistency problem, in which the host state's incentives change once the investment is sunk, and it may want to renege on its promises to the investor. Furthermore, neither side is likely to want any disputes adjudicated in the courts of the other's country. The global investment regime has arisen to help resolve these problems. The regime includes bilateral investment treaties (known as BITs) as well as multilateral agreements that are embedded in broader treaty structures, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or the Energy Charter Treaty. This seminar will introduce students to the operation of the investment law regime, with an emphasis on the tensions between home and host states, the impact of the regime on development outcomes, and the relationship between law and arbitration. There are no prerequisites. This class will have two additional meetings which will be determined after the class begins.

The Legal Challenges of Early Stage Companies: The Lawyer as an Entrepreneur

Winter 2017, Michael Kennedy

The seminar will explore the legal challenges that arise in taking a business concept and growing it into a sustainable entity. Tapping a number of legal disciplines, the seminar will examine how to identify a concept's value proposition along with its risks. The seminar will further explore securing funding with an emphasis on raising money under safe-harbor provisions and new crowdfunding regulations. Students will identify, present, critique and document potential new business concepts. A student's grade is based upon 3 short writing assignments and class participation.

Legal Issues in International Finance

Winter 2017, Ruoying Chen

This seminar will discuss legal issues with respect to international finance: activities involving cross-border payment and investment. Financial markets all over the world have been undergoing a higher degree of global integration in terms of service/product, capital and people. It is also an area where inter-government cooperation and coordination are mostly active, pushing for the establishment of numerous international organization and for the convergence of legal rules in many aspects. Meanwhile, regulation of financial transactions and market players and its enforcement remain largely domestic and fierce competition between sovereign states is increasing dramatically. Such a strong contrast presents exiting and complex challenges that worth intellectual reflection and discussions among lawyers. By applying useful theoretical framework and citing recent empirical studies, we will analyze these challenges and assess a few emerging legal resolutions, such as the following ones: how to control moral hazards on both creditors and debts in preventing and dealing with banking failures, how to protect individual investors among high-powered financial firms with opportunities of regulatory arbitrage around the world, and how to identify and control risks associated with debt financing raised by sovereign investors or quasi-government entities, especially those from the emerging market. Theoretical themes such as institutional competition and private enforcement will also be addressed in the light of recent development in international finance. The focus of this seminar will not be on domestic law of banking and financial institution in the US. But examples will be drawn from the US as well as Europe, Japan and a number of emerging market including China. Due to time constraints, we will not elaborate on issues relating to foreign exchange, the payment system and the clearance system for international finance. No background on finance or economics is required. Some basic understanding of banking, lending and securities regulation would be helpful for participation in class discussions. Students will be graded on a number of short research papers and class participation. Students wishing to take the seminar for three credits must submit an additional 10-12 page research paper.

Marketing Strategy 

Winter 2018, Sanjay Dhar

I use a framework-based approach to teach this course. The first half of the class is spent on building a structured approach using customer analysis (assessing how the firm could provide unique benefits to an attractive target market segment); company analysis (assessing strategic fit based on long-term strategy and core capabilities) and competitor analysis (ascertaining how to build sustainable competitive advantage against both "current" and "future" competitors). The second half of the class uses the strategic marketing analysis described above to identify issues and challenges the firm faces, and articulate marketing objectives that are used to develop the marketing plan (product development, positioning and product strategy; setting prices to capture value, determining potential channel or places of distribution and promotion & communication strategies to communicate benefits to the target market).


  • Autumn 2016, Sanjay Dhar

Mergers and Acquisitions

Winter 2018, Scott Davis

In this course we will examine a number of the important legal and practical issues that arise in connection with mergers and acquisitions of U.S. businesses. These include: (1) the differences between mergers and tender offers, and the advantages and disadvantages of each type of transaction; (2) the duties of directors in change of control transactions and some of the remedies that may be available; (3) developments in the appraisal remedy; (4) special considerations applicable to going private transactions in which publicly held companies are acquired by controlling shareholders or by entities with the participation or support of the company's management; (5) disclosure issues in public M&A transactions; (6) some issues that arise in connection with hostile takeovers and takeover defenses; (7) deal protection provisions in public merger agreements; (8) some issues that arise in connection with merger, stock purchase, and asset purchase agreements; (9) some issues relating to fraud claims brought in M&A transactions; and (10) some issues that arise in connection with preliminary agreements. The course materials will include articles and relevant judicial decisions, as well as some disclosure documents and model merger, stock purchase and asset purchase agreements. Some of the topics we will cover in this course may be covered in introductory business law courses, but students who have taken or are taking introductory business law courses should not hesitate to sign up for this course. Introductory business law courses are not a prerequisite for this course. Some of the topics in this course will also be covered in Buyouts and in Mergers and Acquisitions Agreements, but those courses are not a prerequisite for this course and students may take all three courses. Grades will depend on a take-home exam and class participation.


  • Autumn 2016, Scott Davis
  • Winter 2017, Scott Davis
  • Autumn 2017, Scott Davis

Patent Law

Spring 2018, Jonathan Masur

This is a basic course in patent law, in which the class is introduced to the governing statutes, core concepts, and influential court decisions. No technical expertise is necessary whatsoever, and students from all backgrounds are encouraged to enroll. Patent cases sometimes involve complicated technologies, but the key to understanding the relevant legal issue almost never turns on an understanding of the patented technology itself. Student grades are based on a take-home final examination. Students from all backgrounds -- technical or not -- are encouraged to enroll.


  • Spring 2017, Jonathan Masur

Patent Litigation 

Spring 2018, Steven Cherny and Jason Wilcox

This course is a hands-on introduction to patent litigation. Using a hypothetical case, students will explore the practical application of key patent law and litigation concepts. Students will follow the litigation over the course of the term as counsel for plaintiff or defendant. Students will be asked to produce written work (e.g., pleadings, motion papers, deposition outlines, etc.) and to orally argue motions. Potential topics include motions to dismiss or transfer, discovery disputes, claim construction, expert discovery, summary judgment, and appeals. In addition to oral argument, class will discuss practical and legal topics pertaining to patent litigation, typically to assist in preparation of the next week's assignment.


  • Spring 2017, Steven Cherny and Jason Wilcox


Winter 2018, Lior Stahilevitz

This course surveys legal efforts to draw boundaries between the public and private spheres. Substantive topics of discussion may include privacy tort law, the constitutional right to information privacy, financial privacy, Internet and consumer privacy; health privacy; FTC privacy regulations; European privacy law; the relationship between privacy and the First Amendment; the Fourth Amendment and other restrictions on governmental investigations and surveillance. The student's grade is based on an in-class final examination and class participation.


  • Winter 2017, Lior Stahilevitz

Professional Responsibility: Representing Business Organizations

Winter 2017, Martha Pacold, Mark Schneider, Daniel Feeney

This seminar concerns the rules governing the legal profession and practical applications of the rules, with a focus on representing business organizations. Materials will include the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and a casebook; we may also read supplemental materials from time to time. Grades will be based on an in-class final exam, several short response papers, and a class participation component. This seminar will fulfill the professional responsibility requirement.

Structuring Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurial Transactions

Spring 2018, Jack Levin and Donald Rocap

This course covers tax, legal, and economic principles applicable to a series of interesting, complex, current entrepreneurial transactions, utilizing venture capital or private equity financing, including (1) new business start-up, (2) growth-equity investment in existing business enterprise, (3) leveraged buyout of private or public company (including going-private transaction), (4) use of both double-tax C corporations and flow-through single-tax S corporations, partnerships, or LLCs for variety of venture capital or private equity financed transactions, (5) devising equity-based executive compensation program, (6) private equity financed restructuring or workout (in or out of bankruptcy) for troubled over-leveraged enterprise and utilizing troubled company's NOL post restructuring, (7) exit scenarios for successful venture capital or private equity financed enterprise (such as IPO, series of SEC rule 144 stock sales, sale of company, or merger of company into larger enterprise), and (8) forming venture capital, LBO, or private equity fund. Substantive subjects include federal income tax, federal securities regulation, state corporate, partnership, and LLC law, federal bankruptcy law, state and federal fraudulent conveyance law, and other legal doctrines, as well as accounting rules (executive compensation and acquisition accounting) and practical structuring issues (including use of common and preferred stock, subordinated or mezzanine debt, convertible debt and preferred stock, warrants, options, and substantial-risk-of-forfeiture stock), all reviewed in a transactional context, and with discussion of their policy underpinnings and likely future evolution. No specific prerequisites, but introductory income tax strongly recommended, entity taxation desirable, and knowledge of corporate law, securities regulation, bankruptcy, and accounting helpful. However, the course book and the course book appendix contain adequate discussion and supplemental material so that the student can (with careful reading) adequately comprehend these topics. The grade is based on a final in-class examination. Instructor consent is not required for this course.


  • Spring 2017, Jack Levin and Donald Rocap

Technology Policy

Winter 2018, Randal Picker

This seminar will look at a mixture of old and new materials on technology and the law, with a special focus on the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property. See the syllabus at


  • Winter 2017, Randal Picker

Telecommunications and Internet Law

Autumn 2017, Joan E. Neal

This is an introductory course looking at the regulatory regimes in the U.S. that apply to telephony (both wireline and wireless) and the infrastructure of the Internet. In particular, this course will explore the legal and policy history behind such regulation and the difficulty of classifying new technologies and applying the existing regulatory regimes to new technologies, including the on-going discussion between the FCC and the courts regarding net neutrality. This course will not cover mass media regulation (broadcast television and radio, or cable television). Grades will be based upon class participation, a few short reaction papers, and a final in-class proctored exam.


  • Spring 2017, Joan E. Neal

Trademarks and Unfair Competition

Winter 2018, Omri Ben-Shahar

The course covers federal and state doctrines governing trademarks, domain names, and geographical indications; state law unfair competition doctrines; trademark dilution; publicity rights; and federal registration of trademarks. The student's grade is based on a final take home examination.


  • Winter 2017, Omri Ben-Shahar

Wine Law

Winter 2018, Thomas Ginsburg

Wine raises a host of national and international regulatory issues, from importing to trademarks to constitutional federalism. This seminar will work through the basics of Wine law in the United States, with a section on relevant international issues as well. Final grade will be based on: a major paper, a series of short research papers, class participation.