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Develops an understanding of the competing theoretical rationales for protection of trade symbols. Explores the historical development of trademark and unfair competition law as well as issues of current interest, such as protection of nontraditional subject matter; conflicts between trademark protection and the copyright or patent laws; the protection against dilution; conflicts with free expression; the right of publicity; and domain name disputes. It will also offer a practical approach to substantive issues facing modern practitioners, including acquisition or loss of rights and trademark litigation.
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Author: Ginsburg, Litman & Kelvin
Title: Trademark and Unfair Competition Law: Cases and Materials
Publisher/ed.: Foundation Press 4th ed. 2007
First Class Readings
For the first class, Monday, January 9, 2012:
Please read pages 13-22 and 29-42 in Ginsburg, Litman & Kelvin, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press 4th ed. 2007) (ISBN #1599410487).
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