With a growing global market, the spread of the Internet, and continuing disparity between developed and developing countries, intellectual property assumes a significant role in international relations. This course examines the principal IP treaties and international dispute settlement. It also examines proposed treaties and other policy debates regarding intellectual property in the international arena, including IP and human rights, traditional knowledge, moral rights, and cultural heritage. The course will also compare various aspects of foreign intellectual property regimes with those of the United States.
This is an advanced intellectual property course. It is limited to students who have previously taken or are concurrently taking either the intellectual property survey course or at least one introductory course in copyright, patents, or trademarks.