International and Comparative Trademark Law

Although traders acquire trademark rights on a national basis, the brands that depend upon trademark ownership are increasingly global (or at least cross-border) in nature. This course will consider how trademark law responds to that commercial reality. The course will start by considering the premise of the territoriality of trademarks that frames the problem. It will then examine the core substantive issues on which different national regimes diverge, and the mechanisms that have been developed to facilitate acquisition and enforcement of rights on a cross-border basis (both under treaty regimes and under national and regional law). This latter topic will include extra-territorial enforcement of U.S. trademark rights. The course will conclude by exploring the principles governing parallel imports and the adjudication of domain name disputes on a transnational basis.
(description revised and title updated 11/17, formerly International Trademark Law)

Course Information
Course #: LAW 244
Program: JD
Course Type: JD Elective
Area of Study: Intellectual Property Law, International and Comparative Law
Credit Hours: Two credit hours.