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DDRO 1750A - Introduction to Intellectual Property Law

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


No prerequisite

Course Description

In the era of globalization, where new technologies and internet promote international transactions, innovation and creativity of the human mind must be sufficiently protected in a national and international level. Intellectual property law (IP Law) becomes a strategic tool in international business, because it protects intangible assets of natural and legal persons. IP Law in France is divided into two parts: literary and artistic property and industrial property. While the latter answers basically to the question how can a company protect its industrial creations and distinctive rights -- mainly patents and trademarks --, the former tends to confer to the authors (creators of works) and to some persons who are 'auxiliaries' to the act of creation, exclusive rights limited in time upon their works or performances. In any case, unlike tangible goods, intangible goods do not have to be materially appropriated and lose their value as soon as they become intellectually accessible to others. Furthermore, technological development facilitates infringements upon the intellectual property rights. IP Law aims to provide a legal framework protecting these intangible assets and their right holders from infringements deriving from third persons. This course describes the various types of intellectual property rights through interactive lectures, practical examples and oral presentations.


GARDOUNIS, Emmanuel (Professeur)

Pedagogical format

The course will combine several lectures, in-class discussions and group work.

Course validation

The validation of this course will be the result of three grades: Active participation projects (30% of the overall grade). Attendance note (30% of the overall grade). Oral presentations (40% of the overall grade).

Required reading

N. BOUCHE, Intellectual Property Law in France, Wolters Kluwer, 2011