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Course Offerings

Once enrolled, you will be notified in late April of the procedures for course registration. You may enroll in a maximum of three credit hours of classes.

(A student may choose to take up to three of the Summer London courses on a pass/fail basis. The three courses will count as one pass/fail course of the two allowed according to limits defined by “Hoynes Code”/assets/211896/hoynes_code_sept_2016_rev.pdf: 7.1.3.3.)

This list is subject to change or cancellation depending on sufficient enrollment and availability of faculty members; no prerequisites unless otherwise indicated; any changes will be reflected on this page.

Protecting Patents in a Global Economy, 1 credit, Rochelle Dreyfuss, New York University. Although patent rights are granted by national law, the invention, development, manufacture, and consumption of knowledge-based products occur on a global scale. We will start with a focus on the structure of patent law and the existing framework for international protection, including formal instruments (the TRIPS Agreement, the Patent Cooperation Treaty) as well as informal arrangements among the world’s patent offices. We will then discuss the wisdom of harmonization among developed countries and the special needs of developing and emerging economies, particularly with regard to access to medicine. We will end with a look at emerging issues: the TPP, the Unified Patent Court, and the WIPO Development Agenda.

Copyright in the Digital Age, 1 credit, Tanya Aplin, King’s College London and Makeen F. Makeen, School of Oriental and African Studies Univesity London. Copyright emerged as a response to a specific technology, namely the printing press. Since its birth, copyright has been constantly shaped by technological developments including photography, phonograms, cinematography, radio and tv broadcasts, and photocopiers. The Digital Age has presented further challenges to traditional copyright, in particular its capacity to protect new forms of digital creations (such as software, databases and user generated content); its ability to enable effective exploitation in an on-line and internet setting (through streaming and linking); and its flexibility in permitting new business models to emerge and allowing uses that can take full advantage of the opportunities provided by digitisation. This course will explore these copyright law issues from a comparative perspective, drawing largely on United State and European Union copyright law.

Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes, 1 credit, Barbara Lauriat, King’s College. Increasingly, international disputes involving intellectual property issues are being resolved through commercial arbitration, despite disapproval from some quarters on grounds of policy or practicality. There have also been recent cases of intellectual property being the subject of investment treaty arbitration. The module is aimed helping law students understand this developing situation and exploring some of the particular issues that arise from the application of arbitration as a dispute resolution process in international IP cases. Issues of arbitrability, drafting, choice of law, procedure, broader policy considerations, and enforceability specific to international IP cases will be discussed.

Comparative Privacy and Data Protection Law, 1 credit, Woodrow Hartzog, Cumberland School of Law. This course considers data protection and privacy law, particularly emphasizing an international and comparative perspective that encompasses law in the US and in EU member states. The European and American approaches to the regulation of personal information can differ sharply, and these differences illuminate assumptions embedded in each regime. Students will learn about the fundamental legal rules governing the handling of that information, including constitutional law, tort law, and statutory or administrative regulation.

Trademarks and Geographical Indications, 1 credit, Mark McKenna, University of Notre Dame Law School. In an era of globalization and rapid advances in manufacturing technology, the regulation of terms that indicate or once indicated the geographic origin of goods or services — champagne, burgundy, parmesan, feta — has become increasingly controversial. This course offers an introduction to the law of geographical indications. We will cover contrasting European and American approaches to protecting GIs, the impact of international treaties, conflicts between GIs and trademarks, the broader cultural implications of geographical indication protection, and the current prospects for compromise.


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Course Materials

Casebook and text materials for all courses will be available for purchase in London bookshops and at the Law Centre.