Intellectual Property has long been an international subject and has recently grown tremendously in prominence, with technology pushing and breaking boundaries as never before.

The EU unitary system governs design rights, plant rights, trademarks, etc., while harmonising directives determine copyright, biotech patents, fair trade practices and sanctions, not to speak of the European Union Court of Justice. IP is not only politically and economically, but culturally as well. It lies at the heart of many modern debates: “patents on life”, pharmaceutical patents that outprice the poor, and copyright threatening freedom of expression and the right to education. A balance is crucial for the IP system to function as it should, both economically and culturally.

This web of systems and shifting geographies demands well-educated lawyers for the big questions of international legislation and for efficient litigation between equal parties.

Advanced overview, specialisation and thesis

European Intellectual Property Law is a one-year programme, starting with the required Advanced IP course. The elective course then allows you to specialise and deepen your knowledge in either Industrial Property Law with Patents & Trade Marks or Copyright Law & Transborder IP Conflicts. The master’s thesis in the second term completes the programme. Full-day lectures and seminars in blocks (Fridays and weekends) so commuting is possible to a certain extent.

Admission to the programme is only open to students with a basic knowledge in the IP area though studies or work experience. All applicants must complete their application with the following: 1) Statement of Purpose; 2) CV; 3) Letters of recommendation 4)  Documented proficiency in English (TOEFL 600/250/90, or IELTS, 6,5)

Education Plan

You can read more about the programme syllabus, or Education Planhere.

Courses

You will find more information about each specific course  on the following pages:

Module 1: Advanced Intellectual Property Law

Module 2a: Industrial Property - Patents and Trade Marks

Module 2b: Copyright and Transborder Litigation

Module 3: Master Thesis in European Intellectual Property Law