TRADEMARKS AND UNFAIR COMPETITION (08-98-914-1)
Instructor: Michal P. Kasprowicz
The purpose of this course is to examine and assess the state of the law as it concerns trademarks and unfair competition. The course will be grounded in statute and in Canadian jurisprudence, which together establish and define the legal doctrines by which a trader’s business reputation is recognized and protected. We will take a pragmatic approach to the law, reviewing the interests of trademark owners in the commercial value of their marks and market goodwill, and the public interest in honest trading practices and access to quality goods from a number of sources. We will also look at how Canada’s international agreements impact domestic trademark law.