international IP

Prof. Peter K. Yu

Texas A&M University School of Law

Spring 2018



course description

     Through a review of the relevant provisions of U.S. law and multilateral treaties, this seminar covers the international components of copyrights, patents, trademarks, and other forms of intellectual property rights.  The course also examines recent developments in the European Union and problems of enforcing intellectual property rights in less developed countries.

     Conducted in a seminar format, this course is limited to 16 students. No prerequisites are required.

     Each student is required to make a presentation to the seminar and write a research paper on a topic approved by the instructor. The research paper must constitute original research and be of a minimum of 6,500 words, exclusive of footnotes. The paper may be used to satisfy the Rigorous Writing Requirement.

     This course includes an optional alternative assignment for students who do not plan to use the course for the Rigorous Writing Requirement and who do not want to write a research paper. Should you choose to do so, the paper portion of the grade will be based on a take-home examination, in a format to be determined. You can elect to take the examination on any work day during the final examination period. You must complete the examination within 24 hours after receipt of the examination. Instructions will follow.

     Should you choose to both write a research paper and take the take-home exam, the paper grade, which counts for 70%, will be the higher of your paper and exam grades.


     One year of law school in the full-time or part-time program.

Learning Outcomes

     1. Students will acquire an understanding of the basic principles and policies of international intellectual property law, including what materials are protected, the substantive requirements for protection, the procedures for obtaining protection, rights conferred, limitations and exceptions, and remedies for infringement.

     2. Students will develop greater awareness and appreciation of the role of intellectual property in society and the global economy, as well as within the larger context of intellectual property law and policy—both domestic and international.

     3. Students will have the ability to analyze international intellectual property treaties and discuss international intellectual property issues intersecting global trade, economic development, and the use of digital technology.

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