Intellectual property law is a core component of modern society, as it interacts with many different fields including research development, emerging technologies, and commercial and artistic activities. The course will focus on the global nature of intellectual property law and its impact on the rights and obligations of individuals and businesses. Students will learn about IP regulation under international law, primarily through treaties protecting patents (Paris Convention, TRIPS), copyright (revised Berne Convention, TRIPS, the WIPO "internet" Treaties and the Marrakesh Treaty), and trademarks (Paris Convention, TRIPS, Madrid Agreement, Madrid Protocol). They will learn about connections to trade, investment, human rights, design, and unfair competition. The course will examine International IP in the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as current public policy challenges and enforcement issues.
6 ECTS credits