Trade & Intellectual Property Rights (30h)

Module objectives

Make the students aware of the objectives of intellectual property protection, in a global perspective, and the limitations and exceptions applicable to reach the said objectives. Understand the various international legal rules in this area.

Module content

Presentation of the various Intellectual Property rights: patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights or geographical indications). Discussion about the role of Intellectual property rights in stimulating innovation and economic growth. Study of the protection and enforcement of intellectual property internationally and especially of the TRIPS’ legal framework. The inclusion of Intellectual Property rights within the external trade policy competences of the EU will also be discussed. Besides, a focus will be put on particular economic sectors and the particular legal issues in the said sectors.