Objectives of the Course:
This course covers fundamental patent, trademark
and copyright law pursuant to multilateral treaties and in the European
Union (EU) and the United States. It is a survey course designed to
alert the student to the basic and peripheral issues involved in an
intellectual property law practice. There are three sections to the
course and each will be covered in approximately 12 hours of class.
This is an LL.M. level course. Students who are not
in the LL.M. program are admitted only upon Pericles’ determination
that the student’s English level and knowledge of law are sufficient
to complete the course work, and upon the permission of the Professor.
48 in class academic hours (36 clock hours) plus final examination. Students should expect to
complete about 4-6 hours of homework each week in preparation for the
The course will examine intellectual property law
through lecture, discussion and review of hypothetical cases that students
will prepare after each section of the course.
Section 1 - Patent Law, will include 1) legislative
framework: TRIPS, Paris Convention, European Patent Convention, U.S.
Constitution, U.S. Patent Act, and the proposed EU Directive on computer
programs; 2) eligible subject matter (including biotech, business methods,
computer programs) and the four requirements for patentability (novelty,
utility, non-obviousness and disclosure); 3) infringement; and 4) three
peripheral issues: licensing, competition law, and trade secrets.
Section 2 - Copyright Law, will include 1) legislative
framework: TRIPS, Berne Convention, Berne + treaties, U.S. Constitution,
U.S. Copyright Act, EU Directives; 2) eligible subject matter (including
databases and the EU Database directive); 3) infringement; and 4) four
peripheral issues: anti-decryption measures (the DMCA), copyright protection
for software, ISP liability (the DMCA, and Information Society and e-Commerce
Directives), and protection of moral rights.
Section 3 - Trademark Law, will include 1) legislative
framework: TRIPS, Paris Convention, EU Directives, U.S. Constitution,
the Lanham Act (U.S.); 2) eligible subject matter (distinctiveness,
functionality); 3) infringement (including dilution and passing off);
4) domain names (ACPA, UDRP); and 5) peripheral issues: unfair competition,
protection of personality, celebrity and publicity rights.
For more informaton please contact Pericles. 7-495-649-2273, firstname.lastname@example.org