International Intellectual Property

Credits: 3.00
Faculty: Beryl Jones-Woodin

This course provides students with an introduction to the ever-growing framework for global harmonization of intellectual property standards. After a basic overview of the primary subjects of intellectual property law (copyright, trademark, patent and geographical indications), the course turns to the growing body of international decisions and policies impacting these topics. A brief overview of international law and international trade concepts leads to exploration of the roles of the World Trade Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization and other international organizations in regulating both policy and enforcement in intellectual property protection, covering the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPs) and other core international agreements on the subject. The course also explores the role of regional and bilateral initiatives, including the European Union, regional free trade areas and bilateral free trade agreements. Finally, the course touches briefly on topics of current relevance, such as the role of particular emerging economies like China and India, exceptions and limitations to protection, intellectual property and development, enforcement challenges, protection in a digital economy and protection of traditional knowledge and biological resources.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam or take-home exam.