This track provides an in-depth study of intellectual property laws and current trends in the field. Students are introduced to the history, origin, purpose, and function of instruments like copyright, patents, and trademarks. Apart from learning applicable international and domestic legal frameworks, students also develop practical skills in drafting and negotiating contracts, navigating dispute and settlement procedures, developing business strategies, and facilitating brand management. As such, the practical aspect of protection, management, and enforcement of intellectual property rights is a key feature of this track. The courses below are given three academic credits each.
Copyright and Related Rights
This course emphasizes the various legislations on copyright and related rights and provides students with an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of the general principles of copyright and similar laws. The course also discusses the international treaties on copyright and related rights, the role of World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Trade Organization in the protection of copyright and related rights, as well as recent developments and trends in this area.
Emerging Issues in Intellectual Property Law
This course focuses on the emerging developments and how Intellectual Property affects these issues. The course presents ongoing debates and promotes informed discussions on these concerns. It explains researches, studies, and current initiatives on these areas both at the national and international level. Intellectual property issues related to health, food security, science and technology, environment, and indigenous peoples and traditional cultures are tackled in this course.
Information Technology Law and High-technology Transactions
This course extensively covers the evolution of the Internet, domain names and intellectual property issues online, and cybercrimes in the Philippines in light of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, and online data privacy in light of the Data Privacy Act of 2012. Laws and jurisprudence on electronic contracts, electronic mail, and spam are also discussed. This course ends with a discussion on high technology / venture capital transactions.
Intellectual Property Law, Licensing, and Competition Policy
This course explores how intellectual property (IP) laws and policies complement and conflict with competition policies in light of the passage of the Philippine Competition Act (R.A. 10667). It examines how different governments and IP owners assess the interplay of these laws during the course of creating, exploiting and/or transferring intellectual property rights, and the manner in which the competition law/intellectual property law interface plays out in the international arena.
Management and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights
This course is divided into two parts: IP Management and IP Enforcement and Dispute Resolution. The first part introduces participants to the main principles and features of the key types of intellectual property rights in the context of the end product of the country's total intellectual capital and with an emphasis on how such can be economically valued, acquired, and commercialized. The second part provides students with knowledge of the general principles of enforcement of IP rights, focusing on Philippine laws, procedures, and jurisprudence, as well as an overview of mechanisms for resolving IP disputes.
Patent Law, Industrial Design, and Plant Variety Protection
This is an intensive study of patent law, industrial design, and plant variety protection. It covers procedural and substantive topics of patent law, international agreements, fundamental principles and policies, types of patent, extent of patent rights and limitations, jurisprudence, as well as emerging trends and issues on patent. It explains the nature of patents in comparison with other forms of intellectual property, subject matter eligible for patent protection, conditions for patentability, rights conferred, and limitations and enforcement of patent rights.
Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law
This course introduces students to legal problems and emerging issues in the field of robots and artificial intelligence (AI). With robots and AI becoming more and more present and prevalent in our daily lives, we must come to terms with how our laws will deal with them. This course examines how our legal framework will change (if it will or should at all) with the introduction of robots and AI.
Seminar on Emerging Issues in Sports Law
This course introduces students to legal problems in the field of sports. The course will focus on American and European law and see how these can be adopted within the Philippine legal framework. It covers three areas: 1) sports organizations and dispute resolution, 2) athlete rights and protection, and 3) commercial issues.
Trademark Law, Unfair Competition, and Trade Secrets
This subject is divided into three parts -- trademarks, unfair competition, and trade secrets. Under the topic of trademarks, the course discusses the purpose and functions of trademarks, as compared to other intellectual property rights, the different types of trademarks, acquisition of ownership and rights, determining confusing similarity and infringement, rights, remedies, and defenses. In unfair competition, students are introduced to other misappropriations of market intangibles and the remedies available under the law. The last topic introduces students to the principles intended to protect valuable business information from misappropriation by others.
Treaties and other International Agreements
This course explores issues pertaining to the law of treaties as a branch of public international law, using the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT) as a framework. It delves into more specific topics on treaties and international agreements, such as treaty-making powers of international organizations, resolving conflicts between treaties, special character of human rights treaties, application of the VCLT rules on interpretation, and the relationship between State obligations under international law and domestic laws.
UN and Other International Organizations
This course discusses the legal and administrative structure of the United Nations and its specialized agencies. Emphasis is given to the strategic roles and functions assumed by selected international agencies in current developments.