Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
ET4003 (AF:383150 AR:208106)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
4th Term
Course year
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The course provides students with specific knowledge of some areas of private law influenced by the European integration. In particular, it will specifically address some of the institutions introduced in the module "European Private Law - 1": fundamentals of industrial and intellectual property rights and contracts (mainly patent, design registration, trademark, copyright; licensing and assignment contracts), taking into consideration the challenges that new technologies pose to traditional models of protection (introduction to non-proprietary or hybrid models of exploitation of innovation).

Knowledge and understanding. Students will be able to:
1. understand what conflicts of interests occur in the realm of IP laws and how the main European legal systems deal with them;
2. understand EU laws and their impact on national law and markets;
3. identify the reasons justifying different national approaches, including their socio-economic background, their legal traditions and their current policy choices, and pinpoint principles and notions peculiar to each legal system.
Applied knowledge and understanding. Students will be able to:
4. analyse and critically evaluate solutions offered by the main European legal systems within the areas of IP laws;
5. use the legal terminology in discussing issues related to the subjects mentioned above;
6. conduct independent research using appropriate source materials of law and policy, to evaluate and effectively use those materials, and to produce independent and collaborative work based on them.
Judgement and approach. Students will be able to:
7. evaluate and analyse legal and economic issues within the area of European Private Law.
Students are required to attend first module of the course "European Private Law - 1".
The course intends to provide an introductory overview of Intellectual Property laws by dealing with the basic issues of trademark, patent and copyright law as they interface information technology and the Net.
Here is a list of issues which will be dealt with in the five weeks at disposal:
. Intellectual property rights: definitions in the global context;
. Sources of law; territoriality and conflict of laws;
. Trademarks: access requirements and infringement
. Patents: access requirements and infringement
. Design: access requirements and infringement
. Software protection between copyright and patent laws
. Copyright: access requirements; scope of protection; infringement
. Trends in the evolution of the IP systems: open access, open science
All the materials shall be available on line (slides and case law)
Readings: Siva Vaidhyanathan, Intellectual property : A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University press, 2017; Claudy Op Den Kamp, Dan Hunter (eds), A history of intellectual property in 50 objects, Cambridge University press, 2019; EUIPO and WIPO material
The final exam will be written, in the form of take-home exam (written outside of a supervised exam room).
It will consist in a short essay(5 pages in word, .doc or .docx), from which you will bring your critical thinking, practical applications, and connections between legal and economical concepts out.
Extra points - up to three - will be awarded to attending students who will participate in the group assignments indicated during the course.
The lectures will be taught in class. The students will be invited to discuss relevant cases.
Teaching language is English.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Cities, infrastructure and social capital" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 05/01/2023