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IEEM Intellectual Property Law Programme 2017
30 October - 8 November 2017




The 14th Intellectual Property Law School, 30 October – 3 November 2017, Macau Cultural Centre

The IP Law School is a unique initiative in Asia, offering a taught programme in international Intellectual Property Law and its relevance for global, European and Asian economic development and innovation policy. The IP Law School is extremely suited for trainee lawyers, Intellectual Property professionals with an economic or policy background, and master's students in Intellectual Property wishing to enhance their skills at post-academic level.

Starting from the basics of the Paris and Berne conventions, the course covers the development of Intellectual Property Law all the way to the WTO TRIPS Agreement and the WIPO Copyright treaties. Attention is also devoted to regional arrangements, such as the European Patent Convention, and other new international and national initiatives. From a policy perspective, free trade agreements and bilateral investment arrangements covering Intellectual Property, as well as ongoing negotiations in the area of protection of traditional knowledge, will be covered. The classes are taught using an intensive Socratic format by experts in the field.

This challenging programme also expects participants to jointly prepare and argue several moot cases in a friendly, yet competitive atmosphere, providing a unique insights into the way in which colleagues from various jurisdictions approach international and domestic legal problems.


30 October – 3 November 2017 The 14th IEEM Intellectual Property Law School
Monday, 30 October Lecture: Introduction History and Structure of IP Laws
  Lecture: Introduction History and Structure of IP Laws
  Lecture: International IP treaties and its guiding principles: National treatment, independence, priority, jurisdiction and dispute settlement
  Mock trial: Preparation for mock trials
Tuesday, 31 October Lecture: Principles of trade mark law, passing off and the protection of well-known marks
  Lecture:Trademarks: confusion/dilution/passing off, three-dimensional marks
  Case studies:Trade marks
  Mock trial: Opel (Trademarks; similarity; confusion)
Wednesday, 1 November Lecture: National and international copyright law
  Lecture: Interfaces - Slavish imitation, copyright and works of applied art
  Case studies: Digital Copyright
  Mock trial: Wheelies - Designs, trade marks, exhaustion
Thursday, 2 November Lecture: National and international patent law - Basic Principles
  Lecture: How to read patents, claims, descriptions, priority issues 
  Case studies: Patents: Monopolies, Rights and Limits
  Mock trial: Expeditie Sulawesi - Copyrightable works, acts of copying, private use, communication to the public, applicable law
Friday, 3 November Lecture: Enforcement Issues
  Lecture: Internet Issues: Infringement and Liability
  Lecture: Technology Transfer and Licensing
  Mock trial: Tick Card - Patents, validity, claim interpretation


The 17th IEEM Intellectual Property Seminar: IP Rights: Obstacles or Opportunities to Legitimate Trade? 
06 and 07 November 2017, Venue: Macau Grand Lapa Hotel

The annual two-day Intellectual Property Seminar offers a forum for IP professionals wishing to be part of a thought-provoking discussion on cutting-edge developments in intellectual property law and policy. Distinguished practitioners, judges and academics from all over the world have contributed to this event. The papers they have presented have been published in book form by Kluwer Law International and Hart Publishing.

The 2017 event will cover the way in which intellectual property rights may create obstacles to legitimate trade. The WTO/TRIPS Agreement for the first time put intellectual property rights in the context of trade rules. The reason was that only a harmonised level of IP protection would ensure a level playing field in international trade, while on the other hand lacunae in the scope of IP protection would lead to trade distortions.

On the other hand, it must be realised that territorial monopolies are already per se obstacles to trade. The TRIPS Agreement tries to strike a balance by ensuring “that measures and procedures to enforce intellectual property rights do not themselves become barriers to legitimate trade”.

In the last 20 years, a number of controversial cases have arisen where intellectual property rights are conferred, used or enforced in a manner that arguably 
impede legitimate trade, both in the domestic and international context.

The 17th Intellectual Property Seminar Schedule

The Professional IP Update 2017: IP Exchanges
 8 November 2017 - HK IP Department, HK

The annual professional update provides an overview of all relevant cases and legislative developments of the past year from all over the world. During one day you will be brought up to speed on the major important legal decisions and developments in intellectual property law and policy.
For this edition, the IP discussion will also include IP Valuation and Exchanges.

Hong Kong IP Update

Creative Macau

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