illustrationThe Intellectual Property Issue

'The Whole World Is Interested in Intellectual Property Right Now'

. . . and, like never before, Harvard Law School is showing students how IP law works

When Harvard Law School first opened its doors in 1817, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was only 15 years old, copyright law was less than 30 years old and trademark law didn't even exist. Not surprisingly, there were no IP classes. Today, the law school offers nine courses that cover intellectual property. And faculty and students tackle real-world problems, from helping K-12 students get access to textbook content when copyright law gets in the way to finding solutions to the crisis over music downloading. This issue of the Bulletin looks at the state of intellectual property law and showcases the HLS people and programs that are shaping its future.

Up on Downloading
HLS professors propose solutions to music industry crisis

The Disaggregation of Intellectual Property
How the laws of intellectual property have grown--and grown apart

Hot Property
IP curriculum evolves with student interest and new technologies

In Tune With the Law
HLS Recording Artists Project focuses on the legal side of the music industry

Book Smart
HLS professor seeks to make copyrighted works accessible to students with disabilities