Intellectual Property Law – PLST 420

CG • Section • 01/03/2020 to 06/11/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is designed to assist the student in gaining a broad understanding of intellectual property law and relevant legal terms. In addition to studying general principles and rules, the student will also study copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets.


PLAW 350 or PLST 350


Intellectual property law is an interesting and important area of law. It secures and promotes progress by incentivizing creativity and ingenuity. In fact, failing to adequately secure, protect, and defend intellectual property can devastate an enterprise. A professional with a proper understanding and knowledge of intellectual property law can avoid this, however. This course thus explores common forms of intellectual property protection including copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secret law.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of key intellectual property terminology and related cases.
  2. Evaluate legal rulings and documents related to intellectual property.
  3. Discuss the current state of intellectual property law in the areas of copyright law, patent law, and trademark law.
  4. Analyze intellectual property issues in a variety of factual situations and provide a legal assessment.
  5. Apply Christian worldview principles to intellectual property cases, decisions, and proceedings.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5) (Outcomes: A, B, C, D, E)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each thread must incorporate at least 3 scholarly, academic citations. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation in current Bluebook format.

Case Study Assignments (3) (Outcomes: A, B, C, D)

The student will complete several case studies through the course to integrate knowledge and application.

Cease and Desist Letter Assignment (Outcomes: A, C, D)

The student will write a cease and desist letter relating to a copyright infringement issue. The letter will be formatted as if it were to be submitted to an attorney for review. The student will conduct research regarding (i) the law surrounding the intellectual property issues in the situation and (ii) the form and substance of a cease and desist letter. The assignment will be based on a hypothetical fact situation that an intellectual property paralegal will be likely to encounter. Some of the questions may be short essay questions; thus, when appropriate, use current Bluebook style for scholarly references.

Tests (4) (Outcomes: A, D)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned as well as the preceding module/week. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 true/false questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.