LLAW6200 & JDOC6200

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6200 /JDOC6200
Course name: Topics in Trademark Law
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites: Students who have completed a course on intellectual property
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 30

1.2 Course description

Trademarks play a crucial role in merchandizing all varieties of goods and services and protecting consumers interests. The course will explore a range of cutting-edge issues and landmark cases in trademark law, from a comparative perspective. It will involve critical analysis of the rationales for trademark protection; the rules governing the registration of a trademark; the scope of trademark rights, including protection against dilution and free-riding; defences to infringement, including fair use; exhaustion of rights; the rules regulating licensing and exploitation of trade mark; and the challenges for trademark law posed by new digital technologies. Landmark cases will be drawn from the United States, the European Union, China, Hong Kong and Australia. Moreover, the course will discuss the social, cultural, and political dimensions of trademarks, critically examining the competing economic, public interest and social concerns arising from the legal regulation of trademarks.

1.3 Course teachers

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

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Describe ad explain the international and domestic frameworks as well as key concepts in trademarks protection.

CLO 2 Describe and explain the role of trademark law in protecting brands and consumers.

CLO 3 Apply the knowledge and understanding of trademark law and policy in practical situations, including in formulating branding strategies.

CLO 4 Demonstrate an awareness of the social, cultural and political issues associated with the legal protection of trademarks.

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
To be advised TBC 100% 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 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/