International Intellectual Property
Intellectual property laws may be national in scope, but intellectual property is international, it does not know any national borders. This means that owners of IP must be able to protect themselves under different regimes in different counties, and we do this through treaties, conventions, and international agreements. This course addresses the system of international conventions and treaties in the field of copyright and neighboring rights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. The course also touches on the international enforcement of intellectual property rights, particularly in the European Union and China. Additionally, the course covers the governmental and technological institutions tasked with governing international IP rights.
In this seminar course, students explore the various treaties, conventions, agreements, and governmental structures in place that help individuals and corporations protect their intellectual property rights in China, the European Union, and elsewhere; understand how domestic (U.S.) IP law fits within a broader international regime and how one affects the other; discuss how changes in international IP law affect the everyday practice of IP transactions and litigation; and develop lawyering skills through practice-based activities in a substantive area of law.
Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Corporate Transactions and Governance; International Business; Financial Services and Compliance; IP/Copyright and Trademark; Media, Entertainment, Sports, Fashion; Tech/Privacy
Note: At this time, this course is offered as part of the London Study Abroad Program only.