Advanced Intellectual Property Law (LLAW 6243 / JDOC 6243)


poster-advanced-ip-law-william-fisher-2016-17-word-newThis course is intended for students and practitioners who are already familiar with the main contours of intellectual property law and would like to explore the subject further. It will examine in depth a series of topics that, in recent years, have proven especially controversial or troublesome in many countries.

About the LecturerProfessor William Fisher is Wilmer Hale Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Harvard Law School and Faculty Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He received his undergraduate degree (in American Studies) from Amherst College and his graduate degrees (J.D. and Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization) from Harvard University. Between 1982 and 1984, he served as a law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. Since 1984, he has taught at Harvard Law School, where he is currently the Wilmer Hale Professor of Intellectual Property Law. His academic honors include a Danforth Postbaccalaureate Fellowship (1978-1982) and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California (1992-1993).

Course outline here

Deadline to apply: December 29, 2016.

Admission requirements

Applicant should either be a Bachelor of Law degree holder, or a Legal practitioner, or both. Non-Law applicants are also welcome.


Certificates will be issued to participants with two options:
(1) a Certificate of Attendance (requires at least 70% class attendance without taking any formal assessments) or,
(2) a Certificate of Completion (requires at least 70% class attendance and successful completion of the formal course assessment).

Course fee

HK$6,500 for participants who do not intend to take assessment but would like to obtain a Certificate of Attendance (not eligible for application for CPD points); or
HK$13,000 for participants who will complete the assessment and would like to obtain a Certificate of Completion.

Form of Assessment

Class participation (25%) and take home exam (75%).

Law Society CPD Points

Practitioners may claim up to 15 Law Society CPD points.

If you are an HKU LLM or JD student, please add this course directly through the online course enrollment system.  If you have any questions about course enrollment, please contact the Faculty’s LLM programme ( / 3917-2953) if you have any questions.

For inquiries from non-HKU Law students, please contact Ms. Grace Chan ( / 3917-4727).