SemesterSpring Semester, 2020
DepartmentGraduate Institute of Technology, Innovation & Intellectual Property Management, MA Program(IPM), First Year Graduate Institute of Technology, Innovation & Intellectual Property Management PhD Program, First Year Graduate Institute of Technology, Innovation & Intellectual Property Management, MA Program(IPM), Second Year Graduate Institute of Technology, Innovation & Intellectual Property Management PhD Program, Second Year
Course NameSeminar on Cross-Border Intellectual Property Transaction and DisputeResolutions
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Weekly Course Schedule


Subject Matter


Week 1

Introduction: lex loci protectionis and Beyond

  • Curtis A. Bradley, Territorial Intellectual Property Rights in an Age of Globalism, 37 Va. J. Int'l L. 505 (1997)

Week 2

U.S. Copyright Cases with an International Flavor


  • Itar-Tass Russian News Agency v. Russian Kurier, Inc., 153 F.3d 82 (1998)

  • Berne Convention Art. 5(1) (national treatment)

  • US Copyright Act § 104A

Week 3

Trademarks and Unfair Competition under Paris


  • Paris Arts. 6, 9, 10

  • Manga Films v. Name Adminstration, WIPO Arbitration Center (9/29/05)

Week 4

Patents that Crossed the Borders

  • NTP, Inc. v. Research in Motion, Ltd. 392 F.3d 1336 (2004)

  • Microsoft v. AT&T, 550 U.S. 437 (2007)

  • 日本第一小法庭判決(カ?ドリ?ダ?事件(最高裁平成12年〈受〉第580?)民集56?7?1551)

Week 5

Self-Directed Learning (W1)

No Class (due Milestone 1)

Week 6

Jurisdiction (1): General and Special Jurisdiction (contractual matters); Exclusive Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction (2): Special Jurisdiction (infringement)

  • CLIP, pp. 61-67; 138-144

  • CLIP, pp. 69-78

Week 7

National Holiday

No Class

  • ECJ Case C-539/03

  • 日本最高裁平成181017日第3小法庭判決(最判民集60?8?2853頁)

Week 8

Applicable Law (1): Initial Ownership; Transferability; Co-ownership

  • CLIP, pp. 236-240; 254-258; 260-263; 265-266

Week 9

Applicable Law (2): Contracts and Related Questions

  • CLIP, pp. 268-270; 272-275; 279-284; 287; 290

Week 10

Applicable Law (3): Infringement and Remedies

  • CLIP, pp. 301-304; 308-311

Week 11

Applicable Law (4): Secondary Infringement; Ubiquitous Infringement

  • CLIP, pp. 314-319; 326-332

Week 12

Self-Directed Learning (W2)

  • No Class (due Milestone 2)

Week 13

Recognition and Enforcement (1): General Principals

  • CLIP, pp. 388-390; 394-396;

Week 14

Recognition and Enforcement (2): Provisional Measures; Public Policy Concerns

  • CLIP, 409-412; 416-420

Week 15

Custom Enforcements (1): Airport, Harbor and Goods-in-Transit

  • World Trade Organization (WTO) Case: India, Brazil v. EU

  • ECJ Case C-446/09

  • ECJ Case C-495/09

  • Christopher Heath, Customs Seizures, Transit and Trade – in Honour of Dieter Stauder’s 70th Birthday, 41 International Review of Intellectual and Competition Law 881 (2010)

Week 16

Self-Directed Learning (W3)


No Class (due Milestone 3)

Week 17

Custom Enforcements (2): retention of (intangible) information?

  • ClearCorrect Operating, LLC. v. International Trade Comm’n, 116 U.S.P.Q.2d 1883 (2015)

  • International Trade Commission Investigation No. 337-TA-833

  • Sapna Kumar, Regulating Digital Trade, 67 Fla. L. Rev. 1909 (2015)

Week 18

Take-Home Exam (24 hours)

Class excused. Good luck on your finals!


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

Course Requirements

This is a very small class; hence, your participation is necessary for it to be successful.  In general, attendance and participation will be accounted for in your final grade. You may bring beverages into class but please refrain from eating (it’s distracting).  Feel free to use laptop and/or smart devices – as long as you have confidence in prompt and effective participation in class.

This is an English-taught course.  Grading, however, is not based on the fluency of English speaking.  It is the willingness to express in English that matters.


The final exam will be the primary determinant for your grade (75%).  As already mentioned, participation and attendance may affect your grade (25%). PhD-level students are required to write an extra 3,500-word essay (analyzing an court case that is delivered within 3 years.)

Textbook & Reference

Textbooks & Suggested Materials

European Max Planck Group on Conflict of Laws in Intellectual Property, Conflict of Laws in Intellectual Property: The CLIP Principles and Commentary (“CLIP”) (Oxford, 2013)


Supplement – to be distributed in class (prepared and uploaded with TA’s assistance; within the first week of this semester)

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