851-0732-03L  Intellectual Property: An Introduction

SemesterSpring Semester 2018
LecturersS. Bechtold, M. Schonger
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 150

Particularly suitable for students of D-ARCH, D-BIOL, D-CHAB, D-INFK, D-ITET, D-MAVT, D- MATL, D-MTEC.



Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
851-0732-03 VIntellectual Property: An Introduction2 hrs
Tue10:15-12:00HG G 3 »
08.05.10:15-12:00HG E 26.1 »
10:15-12:00HG E 26.3 »
S. Bechtold, M. Schonger

Catalogue data

AbstractThe course introduces students to the basics of the intellectual property system and of innovation policy. Areas covered include patent, copyright, trademark, design, know-how protection, open source, and technology transfer. The course looks at Swiss, European, U.S. and international law and uses examples from a broad range of technologies. Insights can be used in academia, industry or start-ups.
ObjectiveIntellectual property issues become more and more important in our society. In order to prepare students for their future challenges in research, industry or start-ups, this course introduces them to the foundations of the intellectual property system. The course covers patent, copyright, trademark, design, know-how protection, open source, and technology transfer law. It explains links to contract, antitrust, Internet, privacy and communications law where appropriate. While the introduction to these areas of the law is designed at a general level, examples and case studies come from various jurisdictions, including Switzerland, the European Union, the United States, and international law.

In addition, the course introduces students to the fundamentals of innovation policy. After exposing students to the economics of intellectual property protection, the course asks questions such as: Why do states grant property rights in inventions? Has the protection of intellectual property gone too far? How do advances in biotechnology and the Internet affect the intellectual property system? What is the relationship between open source, open access and intellectual property? What alternatives to intellectual property protection exist?

Knowing how the intellectual property system works and what kind of protection is available is useful for all students who are interested in working in academia, industry or in starting their own company. Exposing students to the advantages and disadvantages of the intellectual property system enables them to participate in the current policy discussions on intellectual property, innovation and technology law. The course will include practical examples and case studies as well as guest speakers from industry and private practice.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersS. Bechtold, M. Schonger
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is only offered at the end after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Additional information on mode of examinationMultiple-Choice-Prüfung

Learning materials

 
Main linkIntellectual Property: An Introduction
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Groups

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Restrictions

Places150 at the most
Waiting listuntil 04.03.2018

Offered in

ProgrammeSectionType
Doctoral Department of Humanities, Social and Political SciencesDoctoral and Post-Doctoral CoursesWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveD-ARCHWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveD-BIOLWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveD-CHABWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveD-INFKWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveLawWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveD-ITETWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveD-MATLWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveD-MTECWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveD-MAVTWInformation