School of Law

SOLM083 The Law of Registered Trademarks (Sem 2)

Module Description

The module covers all legal issues that might arise from the very moment someone decides to apply to register a sign as a trade mark. Following topics will be discussed in class: what may constitute subject matter eligible for trade mark protection?; absolute grounds for refusal and invalidity; relative grounds for refusal and invalidity; distinctiveness acquired through use; trade mark infringement; invalidity; revocation; defenses; the concept of the trade mark functions; economic justifications for trade mark protection; trade mark protection against dilution; the free-riding theory of trade mark protection; the particularities of the EUTM system; common law rights in the US; the federal US registration system; the US functionality doctrine

Applicable Groupings

  • LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law
  • LLM in Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law

Mode of Assessment

3.15 hour examination

Credits

30 Credits