||The growing global market(ing) in information technologies, digitized contents, pharmaceutical compounds, genetically modified seeds, etc. is having a major impact on the field of intellectual property. Intellectual property laws are territorial, but there has been an international mechanism that demands a "minimum" standard of laws in each country. Such standard is not considered as "minimum" by all, and the disparity between developed and developing countries means controversies are inherent in such "harmonization" of legal regimes.
This course reviews this international mechanism - how it came about, the forces behind such development, its practices, intended or unintended consequences, and critiques. We will also look at how and why countries take different approaches to regulate new technologies and their output.
Course material will include treaties, cases, and journal articles.