LAWSG186 Trade Marks and Unfair Competition in the UK, Europe and the United States
|LAWSG186: TRADE MARKS AND UNFAIR COMPETITION IN THE UK, EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES|
|Credit value:||30 credits (15 ECTS, 300 learning hours)|
|Teaching Delivery:||20 x 2-hour weekly seminars, 10 seminars per term, Term One and Two|
|Who may enrol:||LLM students only|
|Must not be taken with:||None|
|Qualifying module for:||LLM in Comparative Law
LLM in Intellectual Property Law
|Practice Assessment:||Opportunity for feedback on one optional practice essay per term (two in total)|
|Final Assessment:||One 3-hour unseen written examination (100%)|
This module considers registered trade mark law and unfair competition from a comparative perspective. It covers the nature and justifications for trade mark protection, subject-matter of protection, scope of protection and topical issues in trade mark law and unfair competition. The module focuses on European, UK and US law, drawing on international and other national jurisdictions where relevant.
The module is intended to equip students with a thorough understanding of unfair competition and registered trade mark law in the UK, EU and the United States. It also introduces social, economic and historical issues in the field of trade marks, as well as international law in the field of trade marks. It will be taught thematically to give students the ability to appreciate the differing (and in many cases similar) approaches taken to shared issues in the US and Europe.
The course will draw heavily on articles by leading US academics, including Rebecca Tushnet, Mark Lemley, Mark McKenna, Barton Beebe, Graeme Dinwoodie – these are all available through Hein Online
Cases are available through Westlaw International, as well as extracted in the case book.
There are many general textbooks covering all aspects of IP law, which include comprehensive coverage of European trade mark law. The best of these is probably Bentley & Sherman, Intellectual Property (OUP, 4ed, 2014)
Relevant journals include the IIC, European Intellectual Property Review, Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice and Intellectual Property Quarterly – all are available to UCL students through either Westlaw or direct library subscription
Trade Marks Generally:
Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment.