A Unique Program: An Introduction from the Director
Located in University Circle — the heart of Cleveland’s technologic and artistic communities — the Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts ( “LTA” ) was created with the understanding that technologic and artistic expression are both part of the human creative enterprise; and there are artistic influences in science and scientific influences in the arts. A core aspect of LTA is the study of intellectual property (or IP as it is commonly known), which has rapidly assumed center stage in the global marketplace and information economy, presenting some of the most exciting, important, and complex issues facing not only our legal system, but also the business, entertainment, and technology communities. Over the past several years, intellectual property has evolved into a strategic business asset that can be leveraged to create value and intellectual asset formation in the marketplace. It is now quite common for intangibles to form a significant majority of corporate assets and, accordingly, for IP to be thought of as a boardroom issue.
Intellectual property’s interdisciplinary nature is reflected in the LTA curriculum and the Center’s relationship with other parts of the university. For instance, the innovative FUSION initiative is a one-year university certificate program designed to provide to graduate-degree students (JDs, MBAs, and PhDs in science and engineering) a nationallydistinctive academic program that blends legal, scientific, and intellectual asset management disciplines to drive thought leadership and guide students through the complex path of cultivating the commercial potential of complex scientific discovery. (See www.fusioninnovate.com) In addition, students can take advantage of several joint degree opportunities such as our JD/MS in Biochemistry or the proposed JD/MA in Art History and Museum Studies, which is created to prepare students interested in the field of intellectual property as applied to art museum procedures and connoisseurship, as well as to expose students to critical methodologies of art history. For these and many other reasons, LTA has become an internationally recognized forum for the interdisciplinary study of law, technology, and the arts.
In addition, LTA has relationships beyond the university, including an IP Entrepreneurship Clinic that embeds students in the Shaker LaunchHouse, an innovative incubator for start-up companies. In this Clinic, our students engage in actual IP representation of early stage companies. In addition, the Clinic has been accepted into the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program.
LTA is also home to the Great Lakes Sports & Entertainment Law Academy, which offers four courses over a three-week period in early summer and partners with several Cleveland-based institutions as well as local and national sports and entertainment franchises to provide interdisciplinary teaching and experiential learning opportunities to law students drawn from law schools throughout the United States.
LTA offers a relevant and challenging curriculum taught by a dedicated and talented faculty who are highly regarded in their respective substantive fields. Outside the classroom students will find a plethora of co- and extra-curricular opportunities, whether it is working on our Journal of Law, Technology and the Internet or as an intern at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland; Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) in New York City; Vuguru film studio in Los Angeles; the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., Counsel for the Cleveland Browns, Counsel for the Cleveland Cavaliers, USPTO,and many others.
Students at Case Western Reserve University School of Law have the opportunity to address some of today’s most intriguing issues facing the law and technology and law and the arts communities. Please read on to learn more about LTA on this website. In the meantime, I welcome your thoughts and encourage your questions.
Craig Allen Nard
Tom J.E. and Bette Lou Walker Professor of Law
Director, Center for Law, Technology & the Arts