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KDEC 9110 - IP in a global environment

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English, French


Knowledge of intellectual property, including copyright, patent and trademarks.

Course Description

The course aims at analysing some issues of intellectual property in a global environment, either resulting from an increasingly international dimension of the circulation of protected works, inventions or signs, or from the development of communication networks. Globalisation induces the blurring of borders and a greater interdependence of legal issues and solutions. A common topic throughout the course will be the notion of territoriality in intellectual property and how it resists to the globalisation of the field. The topics to be addressed could be : the international treaties and lawmaking in IP, the European IP law-making, International and European IP enforcement, Exhaustion of IP, Transfer of technology, IP and European competition law, Human rights and IP, International private law, pan-European licensing of copyright for online exploitations, new forms of digital exploitation of works, piracy and enforcement of copyright on the Internet, global issues of copyright exceptions, cybersquatting, SEP and patent wars in IT, open licensing and innovation. After a few sessions presenting the overall global regulatory Framework of IP, students will be required to prepare a case study (a few students per session preparing one different case study) on identified topics (for instance, getting copyright clearance before launching a EU offer of copyrighted content, intervention of customs as to counterfeited products).


DUSOLLIER, Séverine (Professeur des Universités à Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

First part : Magistral course with preparatory readings to stimulate the discussion with students. Second Part : case-based learning.

Course validation

Continuous assessment based on the preparation of an exercise (2/3) and participation (1/3).


Weekly required readings for discussion in class and preparation of one exercise (case study) for one session.

Required reading

A list of readings will be distributed to the students at the beginning of the course, with 2-3 documents per session.