Intellectual Property

Quick Info
(2970.03)  Course
B. Sookman, D. Glover and S. Tanner; Adjunct Professors
3 credit(s)  3 hour(s);
Lecture, class discussion
Upper Year Research & Writing Requirement

This course will provide students a unique opportunity to canvass and understand all areas of IP: copyright, trade-marks, patents, and other important areas such as industrial designs and confidential information, along with closely associated and emerging areas such as privacy. As this course is meant to provide a taster to all of the areas of IP, students wishing to specialize in IP are also open to take more specialized courses in Copyright, Patents, and Trade-marks, as well as the other courses and seminars available in this area. There are no pre-requisites for this course and this course is not a pre-requisite for any of the other IP courses.

The primary goal of this course is to understand the core law and policy of the various IP areas, with an analysis of the jurisprudence and legislation in these areas. Students will analyze IP issues that are currently challenging courts, policy makers and various stakeholder practices in Canada and internationally. As these transformative issues are dynamic and taking place in real time, the course topics may necessarily change from year to year.  Topics for this year will include digital publishing & digital content platforms in broadcasting, counterfeiting, cybersecurity, copyright reform and collective administration reform, disruptive technologies, commercializing intellectual property and Canada’s innovation agenda.

The course will also provide students with a basic understanding of the justificatory and regulatory framework to the IP system, the often overlooked interplay (and overlaps) between the various areas of IP and IP’s relationship to other core areas of the law. While Canada will be the main focus, students will be exposed to the international dimensions of IP and will learn about comparative approaches where relevant.

By the end of the course, students should have:
· gained a basic understanding of the various areas of IP through a doctrinal analysis of the jurisprudence, legislation and current developments.
· demonstrated analytical and critical thinking and writing skills in relation to IP.
· developed a refined interdisciplinary understanding of IP (with respect to its interrelated core areas and with other areas of the law).
· understood IP within a domestic, comparative and international context.
· applied IP policy, theory and objectives to practice in the context of the jurisprudence, legislation and current developments.