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TLS_1020 United States Intellectual Property Law in a World Perspective 3 ECTS
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Prodessor John Cross, Grosscurth Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Technology Transfer, University of Louisville (USA)
Preceding studies
Students should have a basic knowledge either of a domestic intellectual property law system or of the international intellectual property law regime

Learning outcomes

To teach students with grounding in European intellectual property law about the many differences that exist in the United States system, including differences not only in the laws themselves, but also in the basic policies underlying those laws.


1. Overview of the United States Intellectual Property system: Theories, principles, and constitutional constraints
2. Patent Law (including the fundamental revision of the patent system to take effect in spring 2013)
3. Trademark and Unfair Competition
4. Copyright Law
5. Design protection
6. State-law intellectual property alternatives: trade secrets, right of publicity, and general misappropriation

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 15 h 0 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

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

Take-home exam.


Numeric 0-5.

Study materials

Miller and Davis, Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright (Thomson/West 2012)

Further information

TIME: Spring Term

The course is optional but recommended for students in the LIS Programme.

Please see general instructions: Registration for optional study modules.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Optional courses (MDP in Law and Information Society)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Finnish Study Modules
MDP in Law and Information Society
Turku Law School
Doctor of Laws