Trademark Law

Fall 2019

Class meeting time: Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-5:15 p.m.

Course DescriptionThis course provides an overview of trademark and unfair competition law.  We will discuss the purpose of these laws, the requirements for trademark protection, and the scope and enforcement of trademark rights.  Specifically, we will cover the concepts of distinctiveness, functionality, and use of a trademark; the procedural and substantive aspects of trademark registration; geographic limits on trademark rights; trademark infringement, dilution, cybersquatting, counterfeiting, false advertising, false endorsement, and the right of publicity; and defenses and remedies in trademark actions.

Required Materials: Version 6.0 of Barton Beebe's free casebook Trademark Law: An Open-Source Casebook is required for this class. A digital copy of the book is available for free on Professor Beebe's casebook website at this linkYou can also purchase a low cost print version on Amazon - see the website for more information. Please do not use an earlier version of the casebook.  
Assignments: I will post your assignments here no later than August 6.