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TLS_1029 Contemporary issues in patent law, copyright law and licensing models 12 op
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Senior Lecturer Ulla-Maija Mylly
Minimum preceding studies
110 ECTS.
Preceding studies
All students should have basic knowledge of the law of contractual obligations, commercial and European law. The students of the Faculty of Law should have completed the basic courses on European Law, the law of obligations and commercial law, or equivalent.

General description

While patent law generally applies to all kind of inventions its applicability to new technological areas, such as biotechnology and software, has proved challenging. Patentability of biotechnological inventions rise ethical concerns and patentability of software has been questioned on economic basis. Similarly, suitability of general principles of copyright law for software protection has been debatable. The course discusses the flexibility of patent law and copyright law to address problems created by new protectable subject matters. Main connecting theme over various legal areas is software protection. In addition to copyright and patent law the course discusses software licensing practices including open source licensing and its employment in other technological context. Comparative law approach will be utilized in the course.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course students will be able to critically analyze claims on technology neutrality within patent and copyright laws. Students will learn to interpret and apply the general concepts of patent and copyright law in new upcoming technological context through reasonable argumentation. In addition students will acquire an understanding on usefulness of comparative law methodology for critical analysis and argumentation.


- Patentable subject matter and exclusions from patent law: reasons for these exclusions and how the line between protectable and non-protectable is changing
- Copyright protection of computer programs
- Software licensing
- Open source licensing model

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 20 h 0 h
Seminar 30 h 0 h

Lectures 20 h. For the lectures there will be preparatory readings and other assignments. Lectures are partly based upon these assignments and intensive participation during lectures is required
Seminars 10 + 20 h. 10 hours (1/2 hours per student) is reserved for research plan seminars and 20 hours (1h per student) for discussion on final seminar papers (ca. 15 pages).

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English

Exam is Take-home exam.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
50 % is based upon the take-home examination and 50 % on the seminar paper. Participation during lectures and seminars +/- 1 grade

Study materials

- Sterckx, Sigrid, Cockbain, Julian: Exclusions From Patentability : How Far Has the European Patent Office Eroded Boundaries (2012)

- Phillips, Douglas E.: Software License Unveiled: How Legislation by License Controls Software Access,Oxford University Press, USA (2009)

- Other materials informed (and provided) on Moodle.

Further information

TIME: II period
SELECTION CRITERIA: Restricted entry, participation is limited to 20 students. 10 of the places are reserved for students of the Master's Degree Programme in Law and Information Society (LIS).
Law students of the Faculty of Law may continue working with an essay and expand it into a bachelor`s thesis (ON-seminaarityö).

Belongs to following study modules

Oikeustieteellinen tiedekunta
Oikeustieteellinen tiedekunta
Specialisation fields (MDP in Law and Information Society)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Oikeustieteellinen tiedekunta
MDP in Law and Information Society
Turku Law School
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