15.628 Patents, Copyrights, and the Law of Intellectual Property

As taught in: Spring 2003

A photograph of Thomas A. Edison's patent application for the incandescent lighbulb.

Thomas A. Edison's patent application for incandescent lighbulb. (Image courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.)


Undergraduate / Graduate

Course Description

This weekly seminar examines key concepts of U.S. intellectual property law, with emphasis on patents and copyrights and a briefer look at trade secrets and trademarks. Current issues relating to information technologies and business methods will be highlighted. The seminar has no prerequisites, and is designed for both graduate students and undergraduates. Half of the seats in the seminar are reserved for students from MIT departments other than Sloan.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.