Trademark Law

Spring 2023

Class Meeting Time: Monday and Wednesday 3:00-4:20 p.m.

Office Hours in WH 211: Will be posted here in January 2023.


Course Description: This 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 9.0 of Professor Barton Beebe's casebook Trademark Law: An Open-Source Casebook (July 2022), which is available for free at this link on his website. Note you can also purchase an at-cost print version through Amazon.com -- see Professor Beebe's website for more information.