Japanese Business Law: Intellectual Property, Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions

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Fall 2013 Course
Meets: W, Th, F 1:00pm - 3:00pm in Griswold Hall Room 110
2 classroom credits

Japan presents the second largest market among modern democracies. In Japan as in the U.S., firms structure their transactions by legally enforceable contracts negotiated and entered into within a framework set by statutory and common law. By contrasting the law and practice of M&A and intellectual property in Japan and the U.S., the course will explore some of the distinctive characteristics of Japanese law.

Although M&A activity in Japan occurs within a global economy, the actual transactions differ significantly from those in the Anglo-American world; the class will explore the way many of these differences follow from differences in the U.S. and Japanese legal framework.

Although intellectual property law in Japan presents many similarities to its counterpart in the U.S., the actual function that the law serves differs significantly from that in the U.S.; the class will explore the differing role that intellectual property law plays in the U.S. and Japan.

All reading will be in English.

Note: This course will meet from September 11 - October 4.

Subject Areas: Business Organization, Commercial Law, and Finance , International, Comparative & Foreign Law , Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw and Technology, and Arts & Entertainment .