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KV203331 KVS63 Foundations of International and European Intellectual Property Law 6 ECTS
Organised by
International Business
Person in charge
Birgitta Sandberg, Tuomas Mylly, Peter Mezei (University of Szeged) and Anu Pitkänen

Learning outcomes

The students will understand the foundations of international and European intellectual property law in context. Patents, copyright, trademarks, design rights and trade secrets are discussed in their economic and societal contexts.


The most important international and European harmonization measures will be covered, as well as the remaining differences in protection and the underlying ideologies. The relationship of intellectual property rights to the basic EU freedoms, competition law and fundamental rights protection are also to be discussed.
Peter Mezei's part of the course focuses on important copyright law issues, including the copying for private use (photocopying, citation, digital sampling), the use of copyrighted works through the Internet (including the so-called P2P systems), and the question of the parody. These matters will be discussed from comparative and international aspects. Relevant parts of American, German, Austrian and Hungarian copyright law theory and practice will be introduced – including cases and theoretical problems.

Teaching methods

Lectures 30 h, Independent work 6 h. IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR THE COURSE, PLEASE CONTACT FIRST BIRGITTA SANDBERG: birgitta.sandberg@utu

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Oral exam
  • In English
Written exam and Exercise(s) and Participation in classroom work and Oral presentation

Evaluation criteria: Written examination (100%), assignments & active participation (+/-1).


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

1st or 2nd year I

Study materials

  1. Anette Kur & Thomas Dreier: European Intellectual Property Law. Text, cases & materials, Edward Elgar 2013.
  2. Handouts delivered during the lectures / through Moodle platform (app. 200 pages).
  3. Ricketson, Sam: WIPO Study in Limitations and Exceptions of Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Environment, Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, Ninth Session, Geneva, June 23-27, 2003: p. 10-28. (“Limitations and Exceptions under the Berne Convention”) (Available ).
  4. McJohn, Stephen M.: Copyright – Examples & Explanations, Aspen, New York, 2006: p. 241-260.
  5. Postel, Holger: The Fair Use Doctrine in the U.S. American Copyright Act and Similar Regulations in the German Law, Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property, 2006: p. 142.

Further information

Restricted attendance! This course is available only for restricted number of GIM Master's Degree Programme students.

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