Uli Widmaier : Courses and Seminars
Advanced Trademarks and Unfair Competition
This seminar addresses current issues and developments such as the Supreme Court's shaping of trademark law over time; the interplay of trademark, right of publicity, and First Amendment law; dilution and the courts' treatment of property conceptions of trademarks; the effect of commercial practices on trademark doctrine, as exemplified by the keyword debate; utilitarian and aesthetic functionality and other limitations on trademark rights; counterfeiting, contributory infringement, and the online marketplace; and unfair competition and misappropriation conceptions of trade identity rights. Trademarks and Unfair Competition is a prerequisite for the seminar; otherwise instructors' permission is required. Enrollment is limited to twenty-five students. A student's grade is based on class participation and either a series of thought papers for two credits, or a series of short research papers totaling at least 25 pages, or a major research paper, both for three credits.
Chad J. Doellinger, Uli Widmaier