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Industrial Property - Patents and Trade Marks

The course Industrial Property - Patents and Trade Marks covers European patent law and European trade mark law.

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The course Industrial Property - Patents and Trade Marks 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 is the second course in the Master of Laws Programme in European Intellectual Property Law. It is an elective course. Within patent law, the course focuses on central and specific parts of patenting of pharmaceuticals and biotechnical inventions on the basis of the guidelines that have been developed in Europe through the European Patent Office's Technical Boards of Appeal. Training is provided in solving complex patent law issues such as how to formulate patent claims, licensing of pharmaceutical and biotechnical patents, and determination of infringement. The system for unitary patents that has been negotiated at the European level and is expected to enter into force in 2016 is also covered.

Within trade mark law, the course focuses on registration of trade marks and dispute resolution. The conditions for protection and the extent of protection of a trade mark is studied through the European Court of Justice's registration decisions and interpretations, as well as to some extent through the treatment of opposition filings by the European Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) Boards of Appeal.

The student shall develop an increased awareness of the interplay of economic, cultural and political aspects of industrial property, and is led to a nuanced and critical view of existing rules and solutions. The relationship between patent law and trade mark law, respectively, and other public values and interests such as freedom of competition and information is therefore a topic of focus for the course. Within the course, the importance of and need for transnational solutions is highlighted - for example, the creation of new regional or international forums and regulatory frameworks - as well as alternative mechanisms for resolving disputes in the area. With the support of teaching and group exercises, the student will carry out advanced scholarly studies of selected problems in the form of legal research, arguing for and against different solutions as well as expert synthesis supported by up-to-date research and case law.

  • Course structure

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    Syllabus, Industrial Property - Patents and Trade Marks

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    Teaching format

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


    The course’s learning outcomes are examined through composition of memoranda, oral argumentation and active participation in seminars and moot court exercises.

  • 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.
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    Learning platform

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

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  • Contact

    Course contact:  

    Course coordinator: 
    Ida Boström

    Teaching assistant: 
    Omid Dares 

    Course manager: 
    Frantzeska Papadopoulou Skarp  
    Eleonora Rosati