Trademark Law

Fall 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: (1) Version 10 of Professor Barton Beebe's casebook Trademark Law: An Open-Source Casebook (July 2023), which will be available for free at this link on his website later this summer and (2) other materials posted on this website or on Blackboard.