International Aspects of Intellectual Property Law

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3 Credit Hours

Prerequisites: RCC*; Copyright, Patent & Trademark Law (LAW 658). This course is an advanced study of so-called “intellectual property,” at the international level. It starts with a survey of issues that are quite important at the international level but which are not always addressed in introductory or survey-level so-called IP courses. The course then reviews the basic theories and problems of so-called intellectual property, such as the continuing debate between utilitarian and natural law justifications for these regimes. From there, the course proceeds to the various international agreements which address these issues and which, consequentially, derive explicitly or implicitly from the justificatory theories. These agreements include the Paris Convention, the Berne Convention, the EEC Treaty, the Universal Copyright Convention, the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the EC Harmonization Directive, NAFTA, TRIPS, the Madrid (Trademark) Protocol, and the Trademark Registration Treaty. The rest of the course is devoted to examining the most significant portions of those international agreements as well as a study of their economic bases and consequences. Finally, the course will examine how these arrangements affect the present and future distribution of resources between the developed and undeveloped countries in light of the justificatory theories.

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