LLAW6212 & JDOC6212

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6212 / JDOC6212
Course name: Intellectual Property Protection in China: Law, Politics and Culture
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value 9 credits / 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course provides a thorough introduction to Chinese intellectual property law. It will cover copyright law, patent law, and trademark law. China’s modern intellectual property system began to take shape in the 1980s as one of the aspects of reform and opening up and market economy reform. This system has been constantly refined over the last forty years. In the last decade, the Chinese government has expanded the focus of its legislation from providing intellectual property rights to protect intellectual assets to other aspects, including the creation of intellectual assets, the implementation of intellectual assets and intellectual property rights, the management of these assets and rights, and the services associated with them. This course will introduce students to the rules and policies of China’s intellectual property system for the protection of copyrights, trademarks, and patents, as well as the rules and policies governing other aspects. The course may also include discussions of the operation of intellectual property rights in some industries, such as pharmaceuticals, cyberculture, animation, fashion, and automobiles.

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 Be familiar with the basic principles and rules of Chinese intellectual property law.

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 Chinese intellectual property law to handle intellectual property cases.

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

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 20% 5 1, 2, 3, 4
Essay 12 May 2023 80% 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 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: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

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