The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
– C.S. Lewis, Abolition of Man
My teaching philosophy is grounded in an appreciation for historical context and a desire to draw connections for my students to both the current world and a future driven by innovation.
I've taught classes and lectured at the following schools:
- Drake University (Law School and Undergraduate), Des Moines, Iowa
- Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Chongqing, China
- Chongqing Jiaotong University, Chongqing, China
- Université de Nantes, Nantes, France
See below for a list of my past/present full courses and syllabi.
Introduction to intellectual property
This is a survey course covering the core areas of intellectual property: patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret (and other state intellectual property-related areas of law). It introduces each subject and explores commonalities and differences among different systems of intellectual property protection.
trademark and unfair competition law
This course introduces students to U.S. trademark and unfair competition law under the federal Lanham Act and related common law doctrines designed to protect against consumer confusion and appropriation of commercial goodwill. In addition to the technical requirements for trademark eligibility, registration, and infringement, this course considers the constitutional and economic underpinnings of trademark protection and evaluates current trends toward the propertization of trademark law.
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the law and business of the entertainment industry. It incorporates the four broad areas encompassing entertainment law: (1) the evaluation and application of common and statutory law from various legal disciplines, including contract, tort, and intellectual property law, to the complex concept of entertainment; (2) business and corporate implications; (3) collective bargaining and employment law issues; and (4) economic evaluations of various media-based projects.
Law, Technology, and Innovation
This interactive, wholly online course explores a broad range of matters related to innovation, internet ubiquity, and how the law either facilitates or hinders advancement. Course coverage includes topics such as digital discovery, domain names, information security, access to technology, virtual worlds, privacy, social networking, e-commerce, 3-D printing, and biotechnology and bioscience. The course’s content will be updated as issues emerge.
This course examines the nature and history of real and personal property concepts, including acquisition of property interests, concurrent estates, adverse possession, landlord and tenant rights, and remedies; use of real property, including an examination of privately imposed controls such as easements and covenants; and judicial introduction of public controls such as zoning and eminent domain.
GLOBAL CYBER LAW
Cyber law is complex and encompasses many emerging legal issues that intersect with much of our daily lives. This interactive course explores a broad range of issues related to privacy, torts, intellectual property, human rights law, social media and free speech. As these topics can be impacted by things like international conflicts, cyber warfare, and economic developments, the course’s content may be updated as issues emerge.