Version 8 (2021) of Trademark Law: An Open-Source Casebook now posted

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    • #1497
      Barton Beebe

      Dear Friends of TLOSC:

      I’ve just posted Version 8 of the casebook to and hope you find it useful. I’ve also posted (and am attaching) a brief memo outlining the updates from Version 7 to Version 8. There is a redline of version 8 against version 7 in the faculty resources section of the website.

      The book is now far too long for a 3-credit course (or even the 4-credit course that I teach). I’ve retained material here and there to allow for different preferences among professors in which materials to assign. I’ve posted (and am attaching) a proposed 3-credit syllabus to help anyone trying to figure out how to use it for a course of that scale.

      Print editions should be available on Amazon by the end of July (at cost).

      As always, please feel free to write me with any suggestions or error-corrections.

      Many thanks, Barton

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      Avatar photoMichael Madison

      As always, Barton, and as a long-time and appreciative user of each and every edition of this project: thank you.

      The increasing length of the book is a challenge, as you note, for those of us who teach a basic one-semester trademark course.

      I wonder whether (and/or how recently) you’ve considered distributing the contents via a platform that unbundles the principal cases – perhaps in clusters keyed to the principal sections or subsections of the book. Teachers could drag and drop the clusters into a “book” that they would actually use [in my case, I’d simply make each cluster available separately on my course website, integrated into the syllabus]. Students could access combined, customized bundle electronically or get a print-on-demand copy. For anyone who wants the whole, unedited book, that would be available, too.

      Over the years, I’ve experimented with quick-and-dirty versions of the above, by playing around with the MS Word files. I like to move a lot of the “goodwill” content (naked licensing, abandonment, assignments in gross) to the front and teach that stuff first. But pulling one chunk out of the back of the book like that is really disruptive from a word processing standpoint.

      What I’ve suggested undoubtedly requires time and maybe other resources that you don’t have or that you don’t want to commit. And maybe I’m unique in thinking that “Napsterizing” the book, figuratively speaking, would both add value and solve at least some of the length problem.

      Reactions from everyone are welcome, of course.



    • #1501
      Peter Maggs

      Thanks so much! I’ve just updated the information on my course page on the University of Illinois College of Law Intranet.
      Best wishes,
      Peter Maggs
      Research Professor of Law
      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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