LLAW6200 Topics in trademark law

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6200 /JDOC6200
Course name: Topics in Trademark Law
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites: Students who have completed a course on intellectual property
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 30

1.2 Course description

Trademarks play a crucial role in merchandizing all varieties of goods and services and protecting consumers’ interests. The course will explore a range of cutting-edge issues and landmark cases in trademark law, from a comparative perspective. It will involve critical analysis of the rationales for trademark protection; the rules governing the registration of a trademark; the scope of trademark rights, including protection against dilution and free-riding; defences to infringement, including fair use; exhaustion of rights; the rules regulating licensing and exploitation of trade mark; and the challenges for trademark law posed by new digital technologies. Landmark cases will be drawn from the United States, the European Union, China, Hong Kong and Australia.  Moreover, the course will discuss the social, cultural, and political dimensions of trademarks, critically examining the competing economic, public interest and social concerns arising from the legal regulation of trademarks.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Ada Leung aklleung@hku.hk N/A By email

 

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Describe ad explain the international and domestic frameworks as well as key concepts in trademarks protection.

CLO 2 Describe and explain the role of trademark law in protecting brands and consumers.

CLO 3 Apply the knowledge and understanding of trademark law and policy in practical situations, including in formulating branding strategies.

CLO 4 Demonstrate an awareness of the social, cultural and political issues associated with the legal protection of trademarks.

2.2 LLM Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

PLO A On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the body of legal knowledge and the capacity to conduct research on, critically analyse and evaluate legal principles, at a level required to meet the standards and expectations of the legal profession and the community at large.

PLO B On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply their legal knowledge and research skills to practical situations or theoretical challenges, and utilise their comparative understanding of the law and its political, social and cultural contexts to provide original and creative insights to legal problems.

PLO C On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply the knowledge, lawyering skills and legal reasoning to real and novel situations in life, with a view to resolving issues, problems and disputes within the legal parameters.

PLO D On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to present effectively legal arguments in the professional context, as well as conveying and explaining the law effectively to lay clients and members of the larger community.

PLO E On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to appreciate the underlying moral values of the law and ethics in the profession and the legal system in the broad social, economic, political and cultural contexts: justice, the Rule of Law, and protection of rights and liberties which form the fabrics of a civilised society, and the importance of upholding these values by the legal community.

PLO F On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to develop a strong awareness of social issues and conditions, and utilise analytical abilities and rhetorical advocacy to provide leadership for the betterment of the human community.

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course

PLO A PLO B PLO C PLO D PLO E PLO F
CLO 1  ✓
CLO 2  ✓
CLO 3  ✓
CLO 4  ✓

3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class participation TBC 20% 1, 2 1, 2, 3, 4
One case commentary and one research paper TBC 80% 1, 2 1, 2, 3, 4
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/grading-criteria/

 

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by convenor.

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: All readings will be posted online at least one month before the start of the course
Recommended reading list: All readings will be posted online at least one month before the start of the course

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/


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