This site provides free public access to two courses on intellectual property developed by Professors William Fisher and Ruth Okediji: CopyrightX and PatentX. To learn about the courses or to gain access to their various components, use the menu on the left side of this page.

The terms on which the materials accessible through this site may be reused are as follows: The portions of the recorded lectures, readings, and maps consisting of original material are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. The lectures and readings also contain excerpts of non-original material, some of which are subject to copyrights held by other parties. The use of those excerpts in CopyrightX and PatentX is privileged under the fair use doctrine. However, Professors Fisher and Okediji lack authority to license others to use the excerpts. Thus, a person who reuses a lecture or reading assignment must either remove the pertinent excerpts or ensure that he, she, or they enjoys a legal privilege to reproduce or perform them.

The case studies used to facilitate class discussions are subject to more substantial restrictions.  To preserve the pedagogic value of the case studies, we ask that students and teachers abide by the following guidelines:

  • The student handouts may of course be distributed to students, but students should not redistribute them.
  • The slide presentations may be shown in class but, unless otherwise indicated, should not be shared with anyone who is not a CopyrightX or PatentX teacher.
  • Finally, the teacher’s manuals should not be shown to or shared with anyone who is not a CopyrightX or PatentX teacher.