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275.66 sec. 001 - Chinese IP Law (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Mark Cohen  
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 3:35 PM - 6:15 PM
Location: Law 240
From January 11, 2023
To April 19, 2023

Course Start: January 11, 2023
Course End: April 19, 2023
Class Number: 32471

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 13
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 25
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

This course focuses on developing informed and practical perspectives on Chinese intellectual property (IP) law from a public policy perspective. China’s IP regime has long been a contentious topic between China and the developed world, especially the United States. If you have taken a class on intellectual property law at a Chinese law school or taken a Comparative IP law class, you are likely to find the scope and approach of this class to be different. The class will look at aspects of China’s IP regime from differing perspectives: historical, empirical, comparative, legal realist, political science/international relations, rule of law and trade, rather than proceeding comprehensively through the substantive law and doctrine of patents, trademarks, copyright , etc. As an example, rather than ask “how does China protect pharmaceutical patents”, we might inquire “why does China protect pharmaceutical patents and what are its interests in protecting or not protecting them?” In addition to some of the basics of China’s IP law, we will also cover many of the hot topics in patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, as well as licensing, enforcement and trade issues. Recent elevated bilateral tensions around allegations of “IP theft” by China, the Phase 1 Trade Agreement and the use of trade sanctions will also be discussed, as well as other efforts to limit or encourage bilateral cooperation. Students with a background in Chinese law, comparative law or intellectual property law or specific technology or business disciplines (biotechnology, computer science, media studies, etc.) will find opportunities to apply their knowledge to the topics covered and to write a paper based on their interests. The final paper involves comparative research of an outstanding legal issue in Chinese IP, a proposed solution to the problem, and an opportunity to discuss your paper with US government and private sector officials. Please use this class to pursue your intellectual passions.

No prerequisites are required.

Requirements Satisfaction:

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

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Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
International and Comparative Law

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