Tulane Law School
About Admission & Financial Aid Student Life Programs Faculty Library Employers & Careers Life After Law School News

Tulane's intellectual property curriculum meets the needs of students wishing to take just one or two courses, as well as students wishing to pursue more in-depth study in the area.

Intellectual Property 

Over the last twenty years, the field of intellectual property has grown in both size and importance.  As the United States has shifted from a manufacturing-based economy to an information-based economy, the legal regimes which protect information (including patents, copyrights, and trademarks) have become ever more important.  In law schools around the country, a corresponding transformation has taken place, as intellectual property has moved increasingly from the periphery towards the core of the law school curriculum.

The core Intellectual Property course at Tulane Law School provides an overview of each of the major forms of protection: trade secret, unfair competition and trademark, copyright, and patent.  Additional courses offered in the Intellectual Property curriculum address each of these forms of protection in more depth, with courses in: Copyright Law, Trademarks & Unfair Competition, and Patent Prosecution & Litigation.  More specialized and advanced courses deal with the variety of emerging issues in the field of intellectual property: new technologies, international protection of intellectual property rights, communications law, and sports law.  Full-time faculty members specialize in these areas, as well as adjunct faculty members who practice intellectual property law.  Three student organizations (Entertainment & Art Law Society, Sports Law Society, and Technology & Intellectual Property Society) and two journals (the on-line Tulane Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property, and the Sports Lawyers Journal) provide students the opportunity to explore their interests further.

Tulane Law Center for Intellectual Property, Media and Culture

The mission of the Tulane Law Center for Intellectual Property, Media and Culture is to promote the study, research, teaching and applications to practice of the intersections of intellectual property law with culture and political economy within a comparative, international and local context.

The Future of Copyright Speaker Series, Spring 2009

As part of a Tulane University Research Enhancement Grant, we are pleased to present a speaker series that looks toward the future of copyright, with six prominent IP scholars discussing their views and visions of tomorrow's world of copyright. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Graeme Dinwoodie, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Professor of Law, Associate Dean and Director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law and Chair in Intellectual Property Law at the University of London, Queen Mary College.  Along with a prolific list of law review articles on copyright, trademark and patents, Dinwoodie has authored the casebooks International Intellectual Property Law and Policy (with Hennessey and Perlmutter), International and Comparative Patent Law (with Hennessey and Perlmutter), and Trademarks and Unfair Competition: Law and Policy (with Janis).

Monday, March 2, 2009
Peter Jaszi, American University Washington College of Law, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic (Bio).  His work focuses on domestic and international copyright law.  His work with the Center for Social Media has most recently produced The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video.  He was editor of The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriation in Law and Literature (with M. Moodmansee) and a co-author of Copyright Law, 3rd edition.  His law review articles include titles that look to the future of copyright in an international setting and intellectual property within a clinical environment.

Monday, March 30, 2009
Diane Zimmerman, Samuel Tilden Professor of Law at New York University School of Law (Bio).  Her extensive scholarship includes work on digital archiving, First Amendment issues, current debates on the relationship of digital technology to key concepts in copyright, including authorship, originality, and the public domain

Monday, April 6, 2009
Mark Rose, Emeritus Professor, English Department, University of California, Santa Barbara (Bio), is a key scholar in the history of copyright, with his work, Authors and Owners: The Invention of Copyright  (1993), as well as law review articles that explore the theoretical and historical underpinnings of our current copyright system.  He also serves as a consultant and expert in copyright infringement litigation suits.

Monday, April 13, 2009
Pamela Samuelson, Professor at the University of California at Berkeley with a joint appointment in the School of Information and the School of Law, and Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.  Her extensive scholarship focuses on the intersection of information technologies and public policy.  .

Monday, April 20, 2009
James Boyle, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School (Bio), one of the founders of Creative Commons, and a key voice in myriad IP debates, including such topics as the public domain, intellectual ecology, and digital surveillance.  See http://www.law.duke.edu/boylesite/ 

On-Going IP Activities at Tulane

  • Entertainment Law Legal Assistance (ELLA)
    ELLA is a program that provides free legal services for low-to-moderate income artists residing in the New Orleans area.
  • Tulane Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property (JTIP)
    The student-run and -edited  Tulane Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property (JTIP) is an official journal of Tulane University Law School, published annually.  It reflects on contemporary issues in technology and intellectual property law, and is cited often in academic works and court opinions.  JTIP publishes scholarly and practical articles in addition to student comments and notes.  Members of JTIP are selected exclusively on the basis of writing competitions held each summer.

    The Journal will publish a special "Future of Copyright" volume, which will include original papers, interviews, book reviews and short thought-pieces, all surrounding the question of the "Future of Copyright."  The Journal is soliciting five-page thought pieces on specific area of research about fears, dreams and ideas of where copyright law may be headed. 

IP Faculty at Tulane

The Usable Past Copyright Project
The Usable Past Copyright Project is a two-year project, funded by a Tulane Research Enhancement Grant, to investigate what legal impediments exist to making more accessible public domain works of all kinds.

Works in Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium
The Sixth Annual Works in Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium was held at Tulane Law School on October 3 and 4, 2008.

The Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium was first held in October 2003.  The brainchild of Dr. Lunney and Dr. Meurer, the WIP IP Colloquium follows a conference protocol that was common in the field of economics, but relatively unknown in the field of law at the time.  Specifically, rather than invite speakers and request presentations related to a specific topic within the field of intellectual property, the WIP IP Colloquium allows any scholar working in the field of intellectual property to present a current research project in order to obtain feedback on the work.  Since its inception, the WIP IP Colloquium has attracted scholars from the United States, Canada, and Europe.  It has attracted both new and well-established scholars, including some of the leading figures in intellectual property law, such as Mark Lemley and Wendy Gordon. 

In order to encourage involvement from scholars at a variety of schools and across the country, the WIP IP Colloquium has moved to a new school each year.  During October 2008, Tulane was the first school to host the Colloquium a second time.  We hosted more than 50 presentations of current research and scholarship projects related to the field of intellectual property from scholars and related professionals from this and other countries.


Related Links:

Academic Programs Contact:
Office of Academic Services
Weinmann Hall, Suite 204
6329 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
tel 504.865.5935
fax 504.862.8373

Admission Contact:
Office of Admission
Weinmann Hall, Suite 203
6329 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
tel 504.865.5930
fax 504.865.6710

©Tulane University Law School | Weinmann Hall | 6329 Freret Street | New Orleans, LA 70118 | 504.865.5939    Privacy Policy
Tulane University Home
admin login