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CIP057 - Intellectual property strategies
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Owner: MPBDP
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle

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Teaching language: English
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Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0110 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   Contact examiner,  Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

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Bitr professor  Mats Lundqvist
Professor  Ulf Petrusson


CIP055   Intellectual property strategies

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For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

The Intellectual Property Strategies course constitutes a part of the Entrepreneurship and Business Design Program. Due to the strong integration with the laboratory-based pedagogy of the Entrepreneurship and Business Design Program, only students who are accepted to the Entrepreneurship and Business Design Program are allowed to sign up for the course.


The aim of the course is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the critical role that intellectual assets and property play in commercial activities within the knowledge economy. The course puts particular emphasis on strategic management of technology through patents and other control mechanisms as a core means to create successful entrepreneurial start-ups and achieve competitive advantage in corporate settings.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

1) Define and interpret the concepts of intellectual assets and property in relation to innovation and business strategy from a legal, management, and technology context.

2) Understand the relevance and scope of different mechanisms for controlling intellectual assets and property, such as patents, trademark rights, copyrights, design rights, and secrecy.

3) Apply the concepts of intellectual property to business constructions in order to formulate and successfully express intellectual property-based strategies based on choosing and using appropriate intellectual property protection; making strategic choices as to how and when to obtain protection, enforce protection and evaluate the protection of others (and act accordingly); and on evaluating and creating licensing strategies and other value creation mechanisms to leverage the value in intellectual property.

4) Functionally and creatively utilize their knowledge of legal constructions in combination with their awareness of knowledge-based business development to perform an intellectual asset and property analysis to support strategic innovation and business decisions.


The course is focused on delivering a foundational understanding of the role of intellectual assets and property in innovation and business strategy. A particular emphasis is put on technology-based innovation and the use of patents and other IPRs to support technology-based business. The fundamental intellectual property concepts and strategies are delivered through seminars and class exercises. A team project runs the entire course, which allows the students to experience the complexity and strategic importance of intellectual assets and property under real-world circumstances.


The course consists of seminars and exercises as well as group projects. Attendance at the seminars and exercises is mandatory.


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The students are graded on their performances in the form of participation in the seminars and exercises, group assignments, a quiz, and a written exam.

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