General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3087
Course name: PRC Intellectual Property Law
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: Second
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Chinese law
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 30

1.2 Course description

Intellectual property (IP) protection in China has drawn world-wide attention since China opened its door for economic and social reforms. The rampant piracy and counterfeiting activities have made IP protection a primary concern for many multinational companies to do business in China. On the other hand, IP is largely seen as crucial to economic, social and cultural development in the knowledge age. Against this backdrop, many IP experts and policymakers have been debating about the ways in which IP can be used as a tool for transforming China into a knowledge-intensive economy.

This course deals primarily with the legal protection of copyrights, patents and trademarks in China. It focuses on the basic legal principles and rules concerning the protection of these three core forms of IP rights. Each area of study will be followed by an examination of the cutting-edge issues at the frontier of IP and technological development. For example, we will study the topics of copyright protection and digital technology, which primarily include the right of making available to the public, digital compilations of data, legal protection of the technological measures used by copyright holders. Moreover, we will closely examine a series of major cases to understand the latest developments in the judicial application of IP laws. Most of these cases involve multinational companies such as Ferrari, Google, Louis Vuitton, Pfizer and Starbucks.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenors Haochen Sun haochen.sun@hku.hk CCT 307 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Be familiar with the basic principles and rules of intellectual property protection in China.

CLO 2 Be able to understand the provisions in the intellectual property statutes we will cover in the lectures.

CLO 3 Be able to apply the principles and rules in PRC intellectual property law to handle intellectual property case.

CLO 4 Be competent in thinking critically and reflectively about the major predicaments of improving intellectual property in China.

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
Class participation N/A 10% 1, 2, 3, 4
Research essay & case commentary essay TBC 90% 1 1, 2, 3, 4
*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 course 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 course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: 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/