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Advanced Intellectual Property Law

The course Advanced Intellectual Property Law covers protection of creative achievements and trade symbols.

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The course Advanced Intellectual Property Law is given within the framework of the Master of Laws Programme in European Intellectual Property Law at the Department of Law, Stockholm University.  

Read more about the Master of Laws in European Intellectual Property Law

This course topic is characterized by international agreements between countries regarding standards of protection. Since intellectual property law, including regulation of unfair competition, affects the free movement of goods and services within the EU, over time a relatively far-reaching common intellectual property law system has developed within the EU. A series of EU regulations have been adopted to create a unified system concerning geographical quality indications, designs, trade marks and plant rights, among others, as well as a number of directives for harmonisation of national law, including sanctions. In addition, the course will discuss the Uniform Patent System that has recently been adopted, and its wider effects and development.

In the course, students will analyse and solve advanced and complex problems in the area of European intellectual property law. The primary topics are copyright, design law, law on the protection of trade marks and trade symbols (including geographical quality indications, etc) and patents. In addition the student shall obtain a broad understanding of the European and global context for intellectual property law, and also from a political perspective. The substantive focus is on updated case law and current developments in the different sub-areas, including litigation and jurisdiction in cross-border sanctions, as well as building a good overview of the area. The student is trained in the ability to solve problems with combinations of overlapping and transnational intellectual property rights. These problems have become increasingly difficult to address in the light of both Europisation and digitalisation. Special importance is therefore given to instruction in methodology questions, which can be helpful with identifying and refining solutions creatively. Instruction in legal scientific and European intellectual property law methodology as well as legal scientific accuracy occurs throughout the course. The starting point is in international legislation, specific European legislation in the area of intellectual property law, and European Court of Justice case law in the form of legal guidance and decisions in administrative matters. In addition, the course covers the development in the area, historically and in the future, as well as the influence of research on the interpretation of the European intellectual property law regulatory framework, including competition law connected to intellectual property law, economic law (for example, e-commerce) and private international law.

In the course the student shall work individually and in groups as well as complete advanced legal research in the area of European intellectual property law and adjacent areas of the law.  

  • Course structure

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    Syllabus - Advanced Intellectual Property Law

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    Teaching format

    Instruction comprises 10 weeks of full-time studies and consists of lectures, seminars, and group instruction. The language of instruction is English.  


    The course's goals are examined through individual written and oral assignments, activities in conjunction with instruction and a written take-home examination.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

  • More information

    Learning platform

    During the course, registered students will receive additional course information on the Athena learning platform.

    Previous course website

    For those who read this course during a previous semester with FastReg as learning platform, you can reach the old website through the link below.


    The Departement

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    Education - Department of Law 


  • Contact

    Course contact:  

    Course coordinator: 
    Ida Boström 

    Teaching assistant: 
    Edward Yelde 

    Course manager: 
    Eleonora Rosati 
    Frantzeska Papadopoulou Skarp