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Intro to Intl IP Practicum (LAW-795IN-001B)

Meets: 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM (MTWTh) - Room 503

Enrolled: 14 / Limit: 25


Meets 6/2-5 2PM-5PM. There are lunch lectures from 12pm-2pm on June 3 and 4 in room 600.


Introduction to International Intellectual Property Law is taught in two parts and is designed for students to be co-enrolled in each session at the same time. Part II: Practicum will apply the rules and concepts of international intellectual property through a series of in-class exercises and policy debates. This course will involve a sustained simulation of a trade negotiation on two major collections of issues – (1) patents and access to medicines, and (2) copyright in the digital environment. We will use sections of the current leaked text of the U.S. proposal for an IP chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) as our negotiating text. A link to an editable version of the applicable sections of text will be posted to the MYWCL site in the form of an editable Google doc. The basic set up is that this is a mock inter-session negotiation between the U.S., Chile, Peru and Vietnam. 50% of the grade will based on the performance of your country. Performance will be graded on how well your team understands and advocates for its positions in the negotiation process and how it used each of the assignments to progress its positions and options to your country’s benefit. All team members will receive the same grade. 25% of your mark will be for your personal role in the negotiation. 25% of your grade will be based on an individual memo due midnight one week after the last day of class.

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First Class Readings

Read before the first class (approx. 4 hours time needed) the following articles: • Peter Drahos, The Universality of Intellectual Property (section 2 of the paper, The History of Intellectual Property, only), • Pedro Roffe, Christoph Spennemann and Johana von Braun, Intellectual Property Rights in Free Trade Agreements: Moving Beyond TRIPS Minimum Standards (Final chapter on MYWCL; draft copy available at ) • Sean Flynn, Brook Baker and Margot Kaminski, The U.S. Proposal for an Intellectual Property Chapter in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, • Carlos Correa, Implications of the Doha Declaration on The Trips Agreement and Public Health, pages 1-8 and 44-46, • Report on Section 110(5) of the United States Copyright Act, (skim) • Pam Samuelson, The U.S. Digital Agenda at WIPO,


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