[IPLaw] 10/17 Trade Secret Law

Questions to Answer

  • What is the purpose of trade secret law?
  • What are the main differences between trade secret law and other intellectual property laws (patent/copyright/trademark laws)?
  • What is the regulatory structure of trade secret law? (How does the system work?)
  • What motivated the 2013 revision? What major changes were made?
  • What is all the brouhaha surrounding the draft Sensitive Technology Protection Act (敏感科技保護法)?
  • What is the relationship between trade secret law and employment law?
  • What is the relationship between trade secret law and privacy law?


[IPLaw] 10/3 Trademark Law

Questions to Answer

  • What is the purpose of trademark law?
  • Trademarks don’t expire like copyrights/patents do. Why?
  • What is the regulatory structure of trademark law? (How does the system work?)
  • Do trademarks have to be registered? Why?
  • What is trademark dilution?
  • Is there a first-sale doctrine in trademark law?
  • Is there a “fair use” defense in trademark law?
  • Can you name a few key differences between trademark law and copyright law?


[IPLaw] 9/26 Patent Law

Questions to Answer

  • Why is the term of protection for patent much shorter than copyright?
  • Why do patents need prior examination?
  • What is the regulatory structure of patent law? (How does the system work?)
  • What is “patentable subject matter” (patent eligibility)?
  • What is the exhaustion doctrine?
  • What is “the tragedy of anticommons”?
  • What are Patent Assertion Entities? Why are they often called patent trolls?
  • Are there any important changes to our Patent Act in recent years?
  • What is Leahy-Smith America Invents Act? What important changes did it bring?
  • Can you name a few recent patent law/policy controversies?


[IPLaw] 9/19 Copyright Law

Questions to Answer

  • What is the purpose of copyright law?
  • What is the regulatory structure of copyright law? (How does the system work?)
  • What is the idea/expression distinction? Why is it necessary?
  • What is the copyright (property right)/authorship distinction? Why is it necessary?
  • Why is copyright not perpetual?
  • What is the first-sale doctrine? Why is it necessary?
  • What is “fair use”? Why is it necessary?
  • Can you name a few recent copyright law/policy controversies?


[lrtw] 9/29 How to Write a Policy Oriented Legal Thesis

Reading & Assignment

Read Grand Justice Interpretation 678 and write a 3-paragraph memo:

  • para. 1: what does the majority says?
  • para. 2: what’s the difference in opinion between G.J. 許宗力 (concurring) & the majority?
  • para. 3: what’s the difference in opinion between G.J.林子儀 and 李震山 (concurring in part and dissenting in part) & the majority?

Use at most 500 words for each paragraph.