Professor Surden's scholarship focuses upon legal informatics, artificial intelligence and law (including machine learning and law), legal automation, and issues concerning self-driving/autonomous vehicles. He also studies intellectual property law with a substantive focus on patents and copyright, and information privacy law
Intellectual property, Patent Law, Copyright Law, Computerized Reasoning, Legal Theory, Law and Technology, Science and the Law, Information Privacy Law, Law and Knowledge Representation, Machine Learning and Law, Computable Contracts, Computable Law, Artificial Intelligence and Law, Autonomous Vehicles (Self-Driving Cars)
LAWS 5425 - Torts
Fall 2018 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
Studies nonconsensual allocation of losses for civil wrongs, focusing primarily on concepts of negligence and strict liability.
LAWS 6301 - Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
Provides an overview of our nation's intellectual property laws, including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. Discusses other matters related to intellectual property, including licensing, competition policy issues and remedies. Same as TLEN 5245.
LAWS 6813 - Problem-Solving, Professional Judgment, and Decision Making
Drawing from materials in psychology, behavioral economics, and mathematics, the course studies a range of patterns, fallibilities, and best practices concerning the complex problems commonly encountered by attorneys. Topics include general problem-solving strategies, techniques for operating in environments of uncertainty and complexity, empirically supported cognitive biases and errors, and strategies for recognizing and overcoming those errors.
LAWS 7311 - Patent Law
Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
Covers selected topics, such as patentable subject matter, patentability and utilization of patent rights through licensing and infringement litigation. Covers practice and procedure of the patent and trademark office.
LAWS 8321 - Seminar: Computers and Law
Explores a range of topics surrounding the juxtaposition of computers and law. Most are aware of the impact that law has on computers through the myriad of regulations that govern computers and related technologies. Less well known is the impact that computer technology is having on governance and on the practice of law. Explores both sides of this dynamic interplay between law impacting computing, and computing impacting law.