As part of acontinuing series on Spring 2018 semester courses that relate to innovation and business law, this post spotlights Advanced Legal Research Methods in Specialized Subjects: Intellectual Property. 


Any upperclassman looking to practice researching intellectual property topics—while also earning an experiential credit—will be able to kill two birds with one stone in Advanced Legal Research Methods in Specialized Subjects: Intellectual Property.  


The Spring 2018 course, taught by Professor Potter, enables students to explore the wealth of resources available for researching areas of intellectual property law and beyond.  


“We will talk about intellectual property topics, but that area of the law is more of a framework than the focus,” explained Professor Potter. “This is an opportunity to get experience using a range of IP resources online, as well as some in print, but at the end of the day you will be able to apply the skills you’ve learned in all areas of research.” 


Interested students do not need an intellectual property background to enroll. The only prerequisites are the first-year LAWR courses.  


“My goal is for students to understand how to approach problems and figure out which sources are best for dealing with the problem they’re faced with,” Professor Potter added. “The idea is to give students the tools they need to explore what they wish.” 


As far as the day-to-day work is concerned, the Advanced Legal Research Methods course involves in-class discussions and practice with research tools, as well as eight out-of-class assignments (averaging 10 points each) and a final problem (worth 20 points). In class, students work in groups, but individually complete assignments. For each assignment, students will explain how they conducted their research, what they found, and assess whether they found what that they needed to find.  

Professor Potter will also be inviting Ryan Carter, a shareholder and practitioner of intellectual property law at Nyemaster Goode P.C. in Cedar Rapids, to share some of his personal insights on substantive legal research within an IP framework. Mr. Carter will also offer students a glimpse at a day in the life of an IP attorney.  

This course does not require a textbook and will be capped at approximately 15 students. There will not be a final exam.  

Schedule Information

Monday, 3:30 – 4:45 (ends April 16)