International Intellectual Property and Electronic Commerce

This course aims at providing the students with a workable knowledge of EU Copyright, Neighboring Rights, Design and Trademark, as well as a general overview of some of the issues raised by overlaps of these IP rights, the impact thereon of new technologies and international protection of these rights.

At the end of this course, the students will be familiar with the main features of each of these IP rights. In addition, they will be familiar with the most frequent issues one can face in running a business (online or offline) based on supplying goods or providing services that are protected by these IP rights.

It will also discuss the challenges raised by the development of e-commerce, notably from the point of view of intellectual property enforcement and unfair commercial practices, with an introduction on the ongoing Digital Single market reforms.

The last part of this course will examine European and US patent law, with emphasis on the practical aspects of filling through the international and European system as well on the new Unified Patent system.  The course will finally cover matters of cross-border intellectual property rights disputes.