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TLS_0067 Introduction to International Intellectual Property Law 4 ECTS
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Daniel Acquah
Preceding studies
Basic knowledge in international law/IP law/WTO law.

General description

Although intellectual property law (IP) is a relatively recent legal innovation, it has from an early stage in its development possessed international dimension. Information-rich products have long crossed borders, challenging the very core principle of the international IP system: territoriality. This prompted interested countries to pursue at least some IP policy-making (harmonisation) at the international level.
This course will explore the history, principles and policies supporting the international protection of IP rights, as well as the sources of those rights. It will focus on international treaty arrangements for the protection of copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, geographical indications and design rights, as well as on questions of enforcement.

Learning outcomes

The students are expected to gain a general understanding of the development and dynamics of the international IP system, its institutions, structures, core principles, scope and the enforcement mechanisms in place.


General Introduction:
- Copyrights
- Patents
- Trademarks
- Industrial designs, trade secrets, geographical indications etc

The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property:
- History and scope
- Enforcement

The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works:
- History and scope
- Enforcement

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO):
- History and treaties

The Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement (TRIPS):
- History and scope
- Enforcement: the Dispute Settlement Understanding(DSU)

Core Principles of the International IP System:
- Territoriality/extraterritoriality
- Most Favoured Nation (MFN)
- National Treatment (NT)

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 25 h 0 h

The written examination will contain three essay questions (10 points each). There will be a mid-course quiz (20 multiple choice questions for 10 points). On the last day of the course, there will be a special debate between students. Active participation in class and in the debate should earn a student an extra mark of (5 points).

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

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
The grade is based on written examination (max 30 points), a mid-course quiz (max 10 points), and active participation in class and in debate (+/- 5).

Study materials

Most of the study material will be made available to students in lectures through power point slides, hand-outs and on Moodle page.

However, students are required to read the following for knowledge:

Paul Goldstein and Marketa Trimble: International Intellectual Property Law, Cases and Materials (3rdedition, New York: Foundation press, 2012)

Further information

Time: Period I

Selection Criteria: Participation is limited to 60 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

For the LIS-students, this course constitutes a required previous study for enrolling in the optional course "Foundations of European Intellectual Property Law".

Students are required to register for the course and should be present at the first meeting. Please see general instructions: Registration for optional study modules.

GIM Master Programme students register to the course by contacting Birgitta Sandberg (birgitta.sandberg(at)utu.fi)

Belongs to following study modules

Turku School of Economics
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Compulsory 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