International Intellectual Property Seminar

This course will examine issues related to the international protection of intellectual property. The course will survey various agreements and treaties for copyright, patent and/or trademark, focusing on the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) of the World Trade Organization (WTO). In addition to exploring the basic concepts of territoriality, national treatment, and minimum standards, we will consider political and policy concerns related to efforts to secure and strengthen protection of intellectual property around the world.

The course will examine both (i) the international obligations WTO countries face in protecting intellectual property and (i) how businesses and individuals go about attempting to secure intellectual property rights in foreign markets.