620822 :Advanced Topics in Intellectual Property Law

General info

Instruction language English
Type of Instruction Lectures, Study of literature (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams Final open-book take-home exam (60%), group assignments (30%), reading assignments (5%), class activity (5%); RESIT: Open-book take-home exam (60%), with optional oral part (10%); second version of the group assignment (30%) (Examination schedule)
Course load:6 ECTS credits
Registration: Enroll via Blackboard: DO NOT enroll via COMAP
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M. Husovec (coördinator)


  • Through in-depth study of recent developments, the students will learn how:
    • to explain the role and regulation of institutions, innovation and competition in intellectual property law;
    • to give examples of the interaction between new technologies and intellectual property rights;
    • to interpret and assess such developments from the societal perspective;
    • to break-down the costs and benefits of various innovation policy strategies and discuss basic trade-offs inherent in regulating innovation through intellectual property rights;
    • to develop own position regarding proposals of others and to formulate own original legal or non-legal solutions to presented problems;


This course is an advanced course in intellectual property and technology. The course will analyze a variety of situations where technology is shaping, challenging or strengthening the goals of intellectual property law. It will cover a carefully selected number of case studies relating to three basic pillars: innovation, competition and enforcement.


The Final Exam

For the exam, you will be assigned one real case that is currently pending before the Court of Justice of the European Union and asked to prepare an opinion on behalf of the Advocate General for the Court. [6 points, 60%]

Class Activity

The classes rely heavily on in-class discussion. I have devised a self-reporting form, where you have to notify me of your class activity that should be considered when deciding whether to grant extra 0.5 point. The deadline for submission is 7 days after the last lecture of the course. What is not registered, is not considered. In order to collect the points, at least two substantial contributions in the class discussion are required. [0.5 point, 5%]

Group Assignments

I have assigned a research question for each class (3000-5000 words, at least 1000 words per person). The groups can submit the group assignment for the grading twice during the semester. The deadline for the first submission is 7 days after the lecture to which the assignment relates (as shown in the syllabus), and for the second, 7 days after the last lecture of the course (with the exception of the last group, for which it is 14 days). There is no obligation to make use of the first submission, however, the second submission is always final (as it counts as the resit). [3 points, 30%]

Reading Assignment

In addition, for each class, there is a specific reading material assigned. Before each lecture (apart from the first one), there is a short question to answer [200 words] from the assigned reading via a dedicated slot on . The deadline always ends 30 minutes before the class. Those who miss it more than twice won’t earn an extra 0.5 point towards their final grade. The responses with the high level of compilation will not be considered as submitted. [0.5 point, 0.5%]



The course ''European Intellectual Property Law and Technology" will provide you with a necessary introduction to the area of intellectual property law.

Compulsory Reading

  1. Husovec, Syllabus 2017. Blackboard
  2. Annette Kur, Thomas Dreier, European Intellectual Property Law, Edward Elgar, 2013, ISBN 9781848448803.

Recommended Reading

  1. Justine Pila and Paul Torremans, European Intellectual Property Law, OUP, 2016.

Recommended Prerequisites

Intellectuele eigendomsrecht (Intellectual Property Law), European Intellectual Property Law and Technology

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