General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3033
Course name: Issues in Intellectual Property Law
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: Second
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Commercial, corporate and financial law
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 100 (priority to final year students)

1.2 Course description

This course aims at equipping students for intellectual property (“IP”) practice and takes a practical approach to the study of IP, which is collective term for different areas of law that protect creations of the mind such as copyright, trade marks, patents and trade secrets. We will cover the most important topics with emphasis on copyright and trade marks, including the statutory protection for registered trade marks as well as the law of passing off for protection of registered and unregistered marks. Students will share their knowledge, identify IP issues in everyday life, and solve real-life problems.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Alice Lee alicelee@hku.hk CCT 607 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Articulate and evaluate the key areas of law relating to intellectual property rights.

CLO 2 Analyze and apply the major legislative provisions and cases relevant to intellectual property rights in Hong Kong and other jurisdictions such as UK and Europe, where appropriate.

CLO 3 Identify and advise on intellectual property issues in everyday life.

CLO 4 Conduct independent research in relation to intellectual property protection.

CLO 5 Discern emerging intellectual property trends and problems, both local and worldwide, and suggest possible reforms or solutions.

CLO 6 Evaluate your suitability for intellectual property practice and vice versa.

CLO 7 Enhance your communication, research, presentation and problem-solving skills which will be relevant to your career and lifelong learning.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Original exploration TBC 30% 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Final take home exam Optional assignment due: 14 Mar 2023

Take home exam due: 19 May 2023

70% 1, 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by the convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by the convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Course outlines and reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/