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Spring 2023
5317 Trademark & Unfair Competition - GEBRU- 23964

Professor(s): Aman Gebru (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Intellectual Property and Information Law 
Business and Commercial Law

Time: 2:30p-4:00p  MW  Location: 102A 

Course Outline: The course approaches trademarks from both historical and modern (i.e., internet) settings and deals with related issues of unfair competition such as commercial disparagement/defamation, right of publicity, privacy rights, and false advertising. It contrasts the predominantly use-based trademark system in the United States with registration-based systems in other countries. It examines ways in which an organization can develop, register, and assert trademark rights, as well as methods for enforcing those rights focused predominantly on the trademark infringement and dilution actions.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)   The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.

Prerequisites:  

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 05/05 1-4pm      

This course will have:
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Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: No (no more than 1/3 of the class sessions have the instructor separated from all students via technology)

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available

Course Materials

Special Case

Course Materials: Barton Beebe, Trademark Law - An Open-Source Casebook - Version 9: Volume I; Barton Beebe, Trademark Law - An Open-Source Casebook - Version 9: Volume II.

The complete text can be downloaded at THIS LINK. For those wanting a printed copy, they are print-on-demand and the link will take you to the ordering page.