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
Cap on students numbers: 40

1.2 Course description

Intellectual property (IP) protection in China has drawan world-wide attention since China opened its door to economic and social reforms in the early 1980s. Rampant piracy and counterfeiting activities have made IP protection a primary concern for many multinational companies to do in doing 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.

Given the increasingly important role IP plays in China, this course will introduce students to the Chinese law that governs the legal protection of copyrights, patents and trademarks. It will focus 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 developments. For example, we will study the topics of copyright protection and digital technology, which will primarily include the right of making available to the public, secondary liabilities of Internet service providers, legal protection of the technological measures used by copyright holder.s 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 convenor 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 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 10% 5 1, 2, 3, 4
Three case commentaries & one research essay Case commentaries due: 6 May 2022

Research essay due: 23 May 2022

90% 3 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/