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2017 257 Special Lecture and Seminar (Intellectual Property Law)

[Lecture Course Basic Information]

Lecturer: M SUZUKI
Other Lecturers:
Course Type: Seminar
Semester: Fall
Year: -
Course Periods: Tue 4
Credits: 2
Whether mandatory or not: No
Classroom: -

 

Outline of Lecture Course In the first half of the course, the instructor (Suzuki) will give lectures on international and Japanese IP law. Reading materials will be distributed and the students are required to read them in advance and prepare for the discussion at the class.

The latter half of the course will be conducted as seminars. Namely, assigned student(s) will give presentations first, and then all the participants join discussions which will be moderated by the assigned student(s) with assistance from the instructor.
In these seminars, all the participants are expected to read assignments (academic articles and/or court decisions with comments) beforehand and contribute actively to the discussion.

Course Objectives This course aims to familiarize the students with the basics of international framework and Japanese law for the protection of intellectual property (IP).

Among the various kinds of IP, we will discuss such as patents, copyrights, trademarks, industrial designs and Geographical Indications.

Textbooks None.
Course Materials/Supplementaries Materials will be distributed in hard copies or through the Internet.
Assessment
Prerequisites

For those who have not studied IP law so far, it is strongly encouraged to read materials which explain the basics of the law, such as brochures available from the website of the WIPO (http://www.wipo.int/about-ip/en/), before the seminar starts.

Other Notes

 

 

 

 

Lecture Theme Lecture Course Description Learning outside the class Related page
1 Orientation
 
- Explanation about the course
- Assignment of the moderators

2 Introduction to Int’l IP law  - Introduction to international IP law (the TRIPS Agreement and FTAs/EPAs)

 

3

Introduction to Japanese IP law (1)

- Patent and Copyright Acts

 

4

Introduction to Japanese IP law (2)  

- Trademark and Design Acts

- Unfair Competition Prevention Act



5

Patents (1)

 

Comparative analysis of patent law (e.g., the measures to challenge the validity of patents)
7

Patents (2)

  Patent infringement (e.g., doctrine of equivalence, enforcement of SEPs with FRAND declaration
8 Patents (3) - Patent exhaustion and parallel imports.
9 Trademarks (1) - Functions of trademarka; protection of well-known marks
10 Trademarks (2) - Parallel imports and trademarks.
11 Copyright (1) - Copyrightable works; copyright infringement.
12 Copyright(2)  - Indirect copyright infringement
13 Designs - Design protection
14 GIs   - Geographical indications

 

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