The course curriculum covers a wide but definitive areas of study that involve fundamentals of IP, historical origins and international obligations, economics of IP, justifications, nature of subject-matter, criteria for protection, term, rights, assignment and licensing, defences, limitations, exceptions, public interest considerations, remedies and enforcements. The course will also contain topics that involve the interface of IP with areas such as human rights and competition law and policy.
Specifically, the course curriculum will contain the following:
Introduction to Intellectual Property: A Conceptual Primer; Universal Origins of Intellectual Property; Theoretical Justifications for Intellectual Property; Economics of Intellectual Property: Innovation and Creativity - Policy Linkages; Legal Principles of International Intellectual Property Regime: Introduction to TRIPS; Intellectual Property and Interface with Fundamental Freedoms; TRIPS and Public Health: Challenges for Access to Medicines; Intellectual Property and Competition Law- a primer; Concept of Invention, Novelty, Inventive Step and Industrial Application and Disclosure
Pharmaceutical Patents- Subject Matter Exclusions; Biotechnology Patents- Subject Matter Exclusions;
Software and Business Methods Patents; Patents, Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity; Originality requirement in Copyright Law; Subject-matter requirement in Copyright Law Neighbouring/ Related Rights; Trademarks- Concept of Distinctiveness and grounds for refusal of trademarks registration; Trademarks- Challenges in Non Conventional Marks and Domain Names Disputes; Well Known Marks;
Industrial Designs: Definition of a design; Concept of Novelty and Originality; designs not patentable; - Functional Designs; Trade secrets- conditions of protection; Geographical Indications- substantive conditions for registration; Plant Variety Protection – conditions of registration; Other Kinds of Intellectual Property; Economic and Moral Rights of Authors; Copyright in the Digital Context; IP Assignment and Licensing; Patent Rights- limited exceptions; Copyright- fair dealing
Limitations on Rights of Trademarks Owners; Principles of IP Exhaustion
Patents- Compulsory Licensing /other uses without authorization; Copyrights- Statutory and Compulsory Licensing; Patent Infringement
Copyright Infringement; Trademark Infringement and Passing-off; Ambush Marketing and Comparative Advertising; Nature of Remedies in IP Law; Patent law-remedies
Copyright –Civil and Criminal; Trademark Law- Civil and Criminal.
The course will also contain assignments.