International Intellectual Property Law

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International / Comparative
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General Enrollment Course

International intellectual property [IP] law has expanded substantially over the past few decades, and today seeks broadly to regulate transnational flows of information and culture. This course analyzes the international IP regime, situating it within the dynamics of globalizing flows of information and cultural objects. It provides an overview of the law, theory, and politics of this area of law, and will use case studies to illuminate the interaction between the three. Subjects covered include patent law and related rights; traditional knowledge and genetic resources; trademark; and copyright and related rights. Case studies may include considerations of access to medicines, moral rights in Europe, and “piracy” in China.