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CPD Course:
Intellectual Property Law
Trendspotting From Recent
Free Trade Agreements

Presented by
Prof. Bryan Mercurio,
Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Fellow
of the Faculty of Law,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

International Intellectual Property Law Update: Trendspotting From Recent Free Trade Agreements
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Code: EVT000000107 Level: Update
Date: 26 January 2016 (Tuesday)
Language: English
Time: 14:30 - 17:45 (Amended)
(Reception starts at 14:00)
Accreditation(s): LSHK 3.0 CPD Points
(LSHK Allocated Number: 20154630)
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Presenter's Profile:
Prof. Bryan Mercurio

Bryan Mercurio is Professor and Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), having served as Associate Dean (Research) from 2010-14.  Specializing in international economic law, Professor Mercurio is a leading expert in the intersection between trade law and intellectual property rights.  His work also frequently deals with free trade agreements, dispute settlement and increasingly international investment law.  Professor Mercurio is the author of one of the most widely used case books on WTO law (Hart Publishing, 2012, 2nd ed, with S. Lester) and editor of the leading collection on bilateral and regional trade agreements (Cambridge University Press, 2015, 2nd ed, with S. Lester and L. Bartels).  Prior to academia, Professor Mercurio worked in government and in the private sector practicing international trade, intellectual property and commercial law and he continues to advise law firms, NGOs and governments on a wide range of trade and investment issues.

Course Outline:

International standards in intellectual property law are rapidly changing with every new free trade agreement (FTA).  Focusing on copyright, trademark and patent law this seminar will provide an update on the latest movements with specific reference to latest US and EU agreements, as well as the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership.  The seminar will discuss how Hong Kong rights holders can take advantage of these legal shifts, and the likelihood of Hong Kong itself adopting the new standards in the future.

The course will cover the following:

  • How and why FTAs extend intellectual property protection and rights
  • The evolution of intellectual property protection in FTAs
  • Copyright - term extensions and technical protection measures
  • Trademark - differing approaches between the US and EU
  • Patents - patent term extension, protection of test data, linkage with health authorities and compulsory licencing
  • Enforcement procedures
  • Intellectual property rights as an investment

This course is supported by:  Kornerstone Limited
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