Graduate School and Research Center in Digital Sciences

Intellectual property law

G General Teaching


This course provides a solid introduction to intellectual property law  from a managerial and strategic perspective taking an international and comparative approach.

The course isthe study of how companies protect innovations   in order to create value for the company.

After having taken this course participants will be able to:

  • To manage intellectual property (I.P.) in a knowledge-based society;
  • To understand value of innovation and value of protection and traditional and strategic use of I.P; competitive advantage and I.P.
  • To develop skills of Managing I.P. and technology in an international context: various topics  


  • Various topics  :
    1. Protecting innovation through secrecy : managerial issues in dealing with trade secrets
    2. Protecting innovation through patents: economic justification for patent protection Principles of patent law (national, European, international) Getting access to patent protection (substantive issues); strengths and weaknesses of patent protection
    3. Computer software and I.P. protection; internet and business methods
    4. Aesthetic creations and I.P. protection
    5. Design and trademarks, principles of trademark law: managerial issues in dealing with trademarks; merchandising and the fashion & luxury industry
    6. Transfer of technology by contract, License agreements and assignment


Course lectures

Adversary style debates

Case Studies

Nb hours: 21.00
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Control form: Examen ecrit à la fin du cours , documents autorisés , 1h30