Master Class on Patent Law & Practice in China (IP-429PC)
The Patent Law of the People's Republic of China (Chinese Patent Law) was enacted in 1985, and has since undergone three amendments: the first in 1992 and a second in 2000. The third amendment of Chinese Patent Law was completed in late 2008, and became law on October 1, 2009. China has made remarkable progress in improving its patent legislation, administration, and enforcement. The Chinese patent system is now in conformity with the requirements of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). This special master class provides an introduction to Chinese Patent Law, with attention to (1) the development of Chinese Patent Law through its three revisions; (2) a comparison of Chinese Patent Law, U.S. Patent Law, and the TRIPS Agreement; (3) some important Chinese patent-related cases; (4) administrative and judicial routes for patent dispute settlement; (5) means for multinational companies to acquire and enforce patent rights in China; and (6) main points of the 2009 Chinese Patent Law. This master class also provides a short overview of trademark law and copyright law in China. Today, China has become a major international market and production center. With China's accession to the World Trade Organization, foreign companies are recognizing the importance of protecting their intellectual property (IP) rights in China. This course will give U.S. legal professionals and students a better understanding of the current Chinese IP system - especially the patent system-in order to help them build a strong IP portfolio and use IP rights to create value in China.

Course Name: IP-429PC
Departments: Intellectual Property
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Prerequisites: This course is offered every fall semester. This course has a prerequisite of Substantive Patent Law I (IP400), Substantive Patent Law II (IP401), Law of Patents (IP-415) or Patent & Trade Secret Law (JD117).
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