Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650

April 16, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- The SMU School of Engineering has announced plans to offer a two-day short course on "Intellectual Property and Information Technology." The course will be held on May 24 and May 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the School of Engineering's facility at 1500 International Pkwy. in Richardson.

The course is designed for software and telecommunications researchers, application developers and managers, and students studying computer engineering and biotechnology.

Topics to be covered in the course include principles of intellectual property; protection of Internet, telecommunications and digital transmission technology; intellectual property's impact on information system design and development, invention and ownership; and the inventor's role in recognizing a patentable idea. It also will review groundbreaking industry patents in Internet, telecom and digital communications technologies and the impact of emerging technologies on intellectual property including privacy, cryptography and governmental and parental controls.

The course will be taught by David W. Matula, a professor of computer science and engineering at SMU, and Raymond Van Dyke, a partner with the legal firm of Dorsey and Whitney. Matula specializes in algorithm engineering and Van Dyke specializes in intellectual property and technology law.

"Perhaps the most hotly contested issues of intellectual property law relate to the protection of software products under the patent and copyright laws," Matula said. "People who write software are not used to thinking about patents, but they need to do so."

For more information on the course, or to register, call 214-768-1175 or send a message to

The short course in intellectual property is one of eight being offered this spring by SMU in the areas of computer science and engineering. Detailed information on the other courses is available on the Web at