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Fall 2021

Course Description
This course will provide an introduction to the legal protection under US law for trademarks, service marks and trade dress. Much of the course will concentrate on the key federal statute in this field, the Lanham Act (15 USC 1051 et seq), but it will also cover related state and common law doctrines and, to a limited extent, the relevant international agreements. The course will also consider conflicts between trademark law and the First Amendment, as well as contrasts between trademark law and other forms of intellectual property protection, such as copyright law, patent law and the right of publicity.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-23-2021 - 12-01-2021   T  3:35 PM-5:15 PM DL

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Method of Evaluation: Exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Intellectual Property - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law and Policy
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Dinwoodie & Janis
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
    Edition: 5th edition
    ISBN: 9781454871057
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: First Class Assignment- Tuesday, August 24,2021 Please read Foundations and Purposes, pages 3-41, Textbook: Dinwoodie & Janis, Trademarks and Unfair Competition: Law and Policy (5th edition 2018)

    REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Dinwoodie & Janis, Trademarks and Unfair Competition: Law and Policy
    (5th edition 2018).

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:

    Additional Information:
    1. Assignments should be prepared thoroughly before the class meeting indicated. The required reading is set forth in the materials attached is from our primary text Graeme B. Dinwoodie & Mark D. Janis, Trademarks and Unfair Competition: Law and Policy (5th ed. 2018). Other assigned readings will be distributed during class. 2. Lectures will be conducted via Zoom at the following link: 3. This course will also utilize TWEN as an online extension of the law school classroom. You will be able to access all of the reading excerpts and course materials, participate in class discussions and exchange email messages. In addition, please see all course materials attached with TWEN password. Please make sure you are registered on TWEN. For assistance, please email Pam Lucken at or Robin Schard at Class Schedule - Tuesdays Time: 3:35 PM - 5:15 PM Please remember to sign in and out for class.

    Syllabus Fall 2021.pdf