Boston University School of Law

JD780 Trademark and Unfair Competition

JD 780 ( A1)  TR 10:45 AM-12:10 PM 
3 cr., Fall 
Professor Dogan 
No Class Website

This course will examine the precepts of trademark and unfair competition law. We will investigate issues of ownership, protectability, misappropriation, and infringement in the context of words, symbols, slogans, product design and trade dress. The course also will handle related issues, depending on class interest, such as: trademark's common law roots, false and comparative advertising, parody, the right of publicity, the First Amendment, a comparison of how copyright and trademark treat 'functional' designs, and the question of whether trademarks are, or should be, "property."