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Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Through Civil Litigation: A Symposium

University of Baltimore Intellectual Property Law Journal, Vol. 5, Nos. 1 & 2, 1997

14 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2009  

Eric Easton

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: Spring 1997

Abstract

On September 30, 1996, nineteen lawyers, law professors and judges from the People's Republic of China began a six-week program of classroom study, practical experience, and scholarly exchange that focused on the American system of protecting intellectual property rights through civil litigation. The program was funded by a $107,000 grant from the United States Information Agency's Office of Citizen Exchange Programs to the University of Baltimore's Center for International and Comparative Law, in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

The initial, two-week phase of the program included field trips to the U.S. Copyright Office, the Patent and Trademark Office, three federal courts, and one congressional committee involved in intellectual property rights. Participants were introduced to the American case method approach to legal education and given the opportunity to meet with American practitioners in copyright, patent, and trademark law. In the second, three-week phase of the program, each of the Chinese participants was placed with an American law firm or other intellectual property-related organization to gain some first-hand exposure to the practice of intellectual property law in this country. The final, week-long symposium phase of the program gave Chinese and American participants the opportunity to share their views on various aspects of intellectual property law.

Keywords: law professors, China, intellectual property rights, civil litigation, legal education, case method, copyright law, patent law, trademark law

JEL Classification: K29, K39, K49

Suggested Citation

Easton, Eric, Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Through Civil Litigation: A Symposium (Spring 1997). University of Baltimore Intellectual Property Law Journal, Vol. 5, Nos. 1 & 2, 1997. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1384042

Eric Easton (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

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