LLAW6219 Patent law

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6219 / JDOC6219
Course name: Patent Law
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: First
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 30

1.2 Course description

Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) are among the most important catalysts for growth and innovation in the modern economy. IPRs – in particular patents - are worth billions if not trillions of dollars. What are patents and why are they so valuable? This course will look at patents, first in the context of all IPRs, then will examine rights under a patent, criteria for patentability, and the processes of getting and challenging a patent. The class will also cover issues related to patent claims and will look at some current patent issues including:

Commercial dealings: ownership, licensing, assignments, employees’ inventions

Protection of discoveries

Patent infringement: Literal infringement and a comparison of UK and US treatment of non-literal patent infringement

Protection of information technology products and the controversy surrounding software patents

Design patents

Patents in biotechnology

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Li Yahong yali@hku.hk CCT 407 By email
Course convenor Nigel Lee TBA N/A By email

 

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Have a solid understanding of the requirements for obtaining a patent

CLO 2 Understand the patent prosecution process

CLO 3 Have learned about how patent infringement analysis is conducted in multiple jurisdictions

CLO 4 Have a practical understanding of how to manage and employ patent rights

CLO 5 Be aware of some of the practical issues of managing patents

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
CLO 5

3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class attendance N/A 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Patent drafting TBC 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Long form answers TBC 60% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  *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 course 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

Lecture: 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 course convenor(s).

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

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

By the publication of the course profile online, the Faculty deems the student as having been notified of the course requirements.