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TLS_1014 Foundations of International and European Intellectual Property Law 6 ECTS
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Responsible teacher: Associate professor Tuomas Mylly, 3335843, tuomyl (at) utu.fi. Other teachers: Associate professor Peter Mezei (University of Szeged) and researcher Anu Pitkänen (University of Turku)
Preceding studies
Basic studies in law (commercial, contract, international or European). Restricted entry. The number of participants is limited to 30 students. Students are required to register for the course and should be present at the first meeting.

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

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 30 h 0 h
Independent work 6 h 0 h

30 hours lectures;lecture assignments, active participation, oral presentation (in groups).

Teaching language


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 and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Written examination (100%), assignments & active participation (+/-1).

Study materials

Anette Kur & Thomas Dreier: European Intellectual Property Law. Text, cases & materials (Edward Elgar 2013).

Handouts delivered during the lectures / through Moodle platform (app. 200 pages).

Sam Ricketson: 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 at: www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/copyright/en/sccr_9/sccr_9_7.pdf).

McJohn, Stephen M.: Copyright – Examples & Explanations, Aspen, New York, 2006: p. 241-260.

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

TIME: 10.9.-25.10.2013

SELECTION CRITERIA: Participation is limited to 30 students. Students enrolled in the Master's Degree Programme in Law and Information Society (LIS) have priority in the selections. After this, 5 places are reserved for students of the GIM Master Programme (Turku School of Economics) as part of a student exchange agreement. For the remaining places, the following criteria will be used to select the participants:

1. exchange students of the TLS cooperative institutions
2. degree students of the TLS cooperative institutions
3. other law students

Please see general instructions: Registration for optional study modules.

Registration for the course begins on 12th August 2013 at 8.00 and ends on 4th September 2013 at 3.p.m.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Finnish Study Modules
Master of Laws DP
Law, Studies for Bachelor/Master of Laws Degree