International Intellectual Property


International law is increasingly important to domestic lawyers every day. This is as true in intellectual property as in any field. Regulation of intellectual property is a cornerstone in the globalization of modern trade and commerce. In order to harmonize intellectual property laws, more and more countries sign up to multilateral agreements regulating these laws. However, jurisdictional differences still exist and affect this process. This course examines international agreements and comparative laws on intellectual property and ways in which the intellectual property laws of the United States relate to those of other nations. Topics will include securing and enforcing rights in trademarks, copyrights and patents under international regimes and in various jurisdictions, and the interplay between intellectual property, international trade and culture, and Internet-related issues. The course is designed to afford students who intend to practice in IP an acquaintance with key international IP principles and policy issues. The course will impart understanding in these areas using materials such as treaties, cases and commentary. The course will treat international and European intellectual property separately, and will focus on the major international systems related to each substantive IP area. The course is open to all students but it is helpful if students have completed or are enrolled in an IP survey course, or to LLMs with some intellectual property experience. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A final exam will be offered in the course, but as an alternative, a limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 16 students.