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275.65 sec. 001 - Transnational Intellectual Property Law (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Robert P. Merges  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


TuTh 11:20 AM - 12:35 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 18, 2020
To November 30, 2020

Course Start: August 18, 2020
Course End: November 30, 2020
Class Number: 32748

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 23
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 60
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This course features comparative law discussions of important features of the major national IP systems in the world (China, Europe, the US). We cover Patents, Copyright, Trademarks, Trade Secrets, and Design Protection in each of these three major jurisdictions. The primary aim of the course is to add a solid international dimension to the student's understanding of the law and policy of IP law. An additional goal is to help prepare the student for the globalized IP practice that is rapidly emerging. The casebook for this course is the newly published Robert Merges and Seagull Song, Transnational International Property (Edward Elgar Publishers, 2018). One particular strength of this book is that it includes the most detailed and most recent English translation of important statutes, cases, and regulations in the field of Chinese IP law. It also includes extensive treatment of EU IP law, with a particular emphasis on Germany and the UK. Chapters include a basic introduction to US IP law in the covered fields as well.

Course requirements include class participation, and a take-home final. If class size permits, I may offer a paper-in-lieu-of-final option for those who have a well-developed topic that they clear with me early in the semester.

Introduction to IP or equivalent is strongly recommended.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

You will receive the writing requirement credit if and only if you complete the writing requirement paper in this class. Students who elect to take the final exam will not receive writing requirement credit.

Exam Notes: (TH/P) Take-home examination or paper option: students option
Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
International and Comparative Law

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