Intellectual Property Law and WTO - LAW 353

This course covers all the main forms of intellectual property: Principally, copyright, trade mark and unfair competition, and patent, but will also touch on geographical indications and trade secrets. It explores the theoretical foundations of and justification for the different rights as well as their application in a number of settings. Intellectual property industries now make up a sizable proportion of the global economy. And the most contested issues in Intellectual Property Law are closely connected to developments throughout the arts and technology, as well as to evolution in marketing and popular culture. Because the content of Intellectual Property Law is increasingly framed by international obligations and evolves with some regard to developments in other countries, the course also has an international and comparative dimension, and examines WTO rules.
Language of Instruction: English (legal terms, however, are also given in Arabic and French).