Spring 2012 Course Schedule

IP Protect & Enforcement (LAW-795-014)

Meets: 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM (Saturday) - Room 415

Enrolled: 7 / Limit: 16

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Meets Jan. 14,28; Feb. 11; March 3,24; April 14


The focus will be on the role of Customs administrations and their legal authority to protect intellectual property at the border. The first half will focus on the U.S. border enforcement system, the legal authority of US Customs and Border Protection, the administrative and criminal enforcement authority that is relied upon, and the role of intellectual property owners. The second half of the course will build on what has been learned about the U.S. system in order to compare to international border enforcement systems and standards such as the requirements of the World Trade Organization, US free trade agreements, the EU's border enforcement system and the recently concluded Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Throughout, students are expected to consider IPR enforcement systems and the various elements that make up an IPR enforcement system and the business strategies involved in employing various aspects of the IPR enforcement system. Grades are based upon student involvement in class, exercises assigned, a required paper and a final exam.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, 2011 ed., Timothy P. Trainer and Vicki Allums, ISBN: 9780314601025.00, 2011, West (NOTE: A copy of the book has been requested for reserve in the library for the full semester.) A bound volume of reproduced materials is REQUIRED and will be available for purchase at the law school.

First Class Readings

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