Law 797: International Intellectual Property
This 3-hour seminar will explore the principles and policies supporting the international and comparative protection of intellectual property rights, as well as the sources of those rights. We will focus on international treaty arrangements for the protection of copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and plant varieties, as well as on questions of enforcement. The course will also examine the function of international intellectual property organizations, recent developments in the European Union, and issues relating to establishing and enforcing intellectual property rights in less developed nations.
Sequence and Prerequisites: None. No background in science, engineering, or international law is required for this course.
Evaluation: Fifty percent of the final grade will consist of a 35-minute in-class presentation, 25% based on class participation, and 25% from a short policy-oriented final exam. Students may also elect to complete a paper.