LLAW6005 & JDOC6005

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6005 / JDOC6005
Course name: Hong Kong Intellectual Property Law
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits

1.2 Course description

The course will study intellectual property law focussed on Hong Kong intellectual property statutes and common law but considered in the broader context of intellectual property laws worldwide and particularly in Mainland China. A particular focus will be the role of intellectual property and the way it encourages or discourages innovation. The extent to which and how the protection of intellectual property should be part of industrial policy will also be considered. Previous study or practice in the area of intellectual property would be an advantage but is not essential provided some preliminary private study is undertaken.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Douglas Clark dclark@hku.hk N/A By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Have a basic understanding of intellectual property laws and their role in the economy.

CLO 2 Apply intellectual property laws to specific legal problems and explain the consequences of certain activities.

CLO 3 Demonstrate and awareness of the role of intellectual property in encouraging and enhancing innovation.

2.2 LLM and JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link:

LLM – https://course.law.hku.hk/llm-plo/

JD – https://course.law.hku.hk/jd-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
Optional assignment 11 Mar 2024 25% or 0% 2, 5 1, 2, 3
Take home exam 8 May 2024 75% or 100% 2, 5 1, 2, 3
*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 course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list:
  • Wong, Kenny and Lee, Alice, Intellectual Property Law and Practice in Hong Kong, 2nd edition, 2017 (Student Edition)
  • Jacob, Robin et al. Guidebook to Intellectual Property
Recommended reading list: Intellectual Property in Hong Kong (Clark, D (ed.)) (For reference, no need to purchase)

5.2 Links

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