As part of a continuing series on Spring 2015 semester courses that relate to innovation and business, this post spotlights International Intellectual Property Law.

The Spring 2015 semester marks the return of an important course to the law school’s offerings: International Intellectual Property Law. The course will introduce students to two areas of international intellectual property law: (1) a comparison of U.S. and foreign law relating to patents, copyrights, and trademarks, and (2) treaties and other sources of international law regulating intellectual property (IP), including the Paris Convention, Berne Convention, and the TRIPs Agreement and their implementation within the domestic law of the United States and other countries.

University of Minnesota Law School professor Tom Cotter will co-teach the course with College of Law professor Jason Rantanen. Cotter, the Briggs and Morgan Professor of Law at Minnesota, is a distinguished scholar of domestic and international intellectual property law. One of his areas of expertise is comparative patent remedies, which is the subject of his blog. Cotter teaches a three-credit hour version of this course at Minnesota.

Making the course available in an intersession format is part of the IBL Center’s IP law “enrichment” strategy. Advanced intellectual property law courses like this and the one-day Patent Litigation seminar, expose students to important areas of IP law without forcing students to make tradeoffs between regular session IP courses and useful non-IP courses.

“I encourage students to take a broad range of classes rather than to only pack their schedule with IP classes,” says Professor Rantanen. “Focusing on only core intellectual property courses runs the risk of missing out on subjects that are important to IP law but don’t have the ‘IP law’ label: courses like Remedies, Administrative Law, and Law & Economics.  But at the same time, today’s lawyers will inevitably address issues of international law.  This intensive one-week course will help students be prepared to meet that challenge.” 

--Jay Stirling | November 21, 2014

Schedule Information

Monday, May 11 – Friday, May 15 | Time TBA