Intellectual Property Law (103-2)

I. Goal

  • This course will highlight some of the most challenging issues in intellectual property law in the 21th century. It does not intend to cover the whole ground (it’s a vast field after all).

II.    Main References (listing only those available at the university library)

  • 蔡明誠,專利法 (2013)。
  • James Bessen & Michael J. Meurer, Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk (2009).
  • Alan L. Durham, Patent Law Essentials: A Concise Guide (2013).
  • Robin Feldman: Rethinking Patent Law (2012).
  • Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald: A Short History of Copyright: The Genie of Information (2014).
  • Reto M. Hilty & Sylvie Nerisson, Balancing Copyright: A Survey of National Approaches (2012).
  • Ivan L. Pitt, Economic Analysis of Music Copyright (2010).
  • Robert P. Merges, Peter S. Menell & Mark A. Lemley, Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age (6th ed. 2012).

III.    Mailing List:  <>.

IV.    Grading policy

  • Topic Assignment Presentation: 40%.
  • Participation: 40%, in classes and on the mailing list.
  • Short Essay: 20%.

V.    Schedule (tentative, subject to change)

2-24 Course Orientation
3-3 The Basics
3-10 The Basics
3-17 The Basics
3-24 First Sale Doctrine – Copyright
3-31 First Sale Doctrine – Copyright (cont.)
4-7 Electronic Republication Rights for Collective Work
4-14 Patentable Subject Matters
4-21 (midterm)
4-28 PAE
5-5 First Sale Doctrine – Patent (Patent Exhaustion)
5-12 Trademark Dilution
5-19 Covenant Not to Compete
5-26 essay preparation
6-2 essay preparation
6-9 essay presentations
6-16 essay presentations
6-23 (final)


VI.    Additional Topics Under Consideration

Doctrine of Equivalence
Automatic Injunction
Patent/IP Court Bias
Appellate Court Review Standard
Time-Shifted Streaming
Covenant Not to Enforce & Litigation Tactics