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Fall 2022 Seminar

International Intellectual Property Law and Policy

Prerequisite: Students should have completed, or be concurrently enrolled in, Patent Law.

Exam Type: No Exam

This seminar examines fundamental principles of international IP law with an emphasis on patent law and access to medicines in particular. It explores comparative approaches to the scope of patent protection, limitations and exceptions, and dispute settlement, including implications for public health and economic development in the Global South. Students will study key provisions of leading major treaties, emphasizing the implementation and enforcement of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and IP chapters in regional trade agreements, including new forms of legal protection being considered for traditional knowledge, and the intersection of new technologies and uses of genetic information with IP protection.