The Programme in European Intellectual Property Law at Stockholm University was set up in year 2000 and encompasses a total of 60 higher educational credits (HEC) = 60 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), whereof 30 ECTS credits shall be a Master Thesis.
The Thesis is a focused research work on a special IP problem with a developed and suitable methodology. The first term of the programme is scheduled with full day lectures and seminars in blocks (mainly Fridays and week-ends) that makes commuting possible to a certain extent. All students must take the first course, Advanced IP course (15 ECTS). Thereafter, students are given the opportunity to specialise in areas of the IP system: Industrial Property Law with Patens & Trade Marks (15 ECTS) or Copyright law & Transborder IP Conflicts (15 ECTS). On a voluntary basis, also a Nordic IP moot court training and competition is offered.
Areas such as design rights, geographical quality indications, plant rights and trademarks presently belong to the EU unitary system, and so will patents from 2015. Harmonising directives rule, e.g., on the copyright, biotech patents, fair trade practices and sanctions. And over all this determines the European Union of Court of Justice as the sole interpret of EU law and whose judgments are binding on national law in the Member States.
IP law has not only great political and economic significance but also great cultural significance. The Internet and other forms of international telecommunications clearly demonstrate that IP as such recognises no national borders.
The considerable technological developments of the last decades have brought quite dramatic strains on the IP system as a whole, as well as on the various legal disciplines included. We have seen fiery debates on for example: “patents on life?”, patents precluding poor people from essential medicines, indigenous peoples’ fear of being robbed of their traditional properties and copyright as a threat to the freedom of speech and the human right to education. A balance is crucial if the IP system should bring the economic and cultural developments as expected. Therefore, more well educated IP lawyers are needed both for the big questions of international legislation and for efficient litigation between equal parties.
Swedish degree in Law (180 ECTS credits) or an equivalent foreign degree in Law. One course in intellectual property law or the equivalent. Swedish Upper Secondary School course English B/English 6 or equivalent.
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