LLAW6120 & JDOC6120

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6120 / JDOC6120
Course name: Intellectual Property and Information Technology
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: First
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course covers the mainstay of intellectual property law, including patent law, copyright law, and trademark law. With the rapid development of information technology, many intellectual property law issues that are related to the use of information technology have emerged. This course will cover some selected issues, such as database protection, domain name protection, and intellectual property rights in software. This course is appropriate both for a single exposure to intellectual property and information technology law, and as an introductory course to advanced courses and seminars.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Taorui Guan trguan@hku.hk CCT 701 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Understand the mainstay of intellectual property law.

CLO 2 Identify and analyse the relevant intellectual property rights and related intellectual property concerns in specific information technology contexts and will be able to formulate legal solutions.

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
Class participation N/A 30% 1, 2
Take home exam 19 Dec 2023 70% 1 1, 2
*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

Lecture: 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/