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CIK015 - Legal protection in IT - strategies for protection and com
Owner: TIEKA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: A
Department: 0920 - Center for intellectual property studies

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0103 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   Contact examiner

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Professor  Ulf Petrusson


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The aim of the course is to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the critical role intellectual property rights (patents, copyrights, brands etc.) play in the commercialization of technological advances. The course puts particular emphasis on how IT-companies use these strategically important assets in achieving competitiveness.


The course is divided into three sections.

The first section gives a general overview of intellectual property rights (IPR), the rights to employee inventions and handling of IPR conflicts. The section puts an emphasis on explaining how a management oriented view differs from that of a judge, lawyer or patent agent.

The section section deals with copyright to program source code and the emerging field of software patents. The section includes elements on design and branding issues in IT. The emphasis is put on strategies for choosing protection method. Excercises are particularily important in this section.

The third section focuses on commercialization of intellectual property rights. Standards development, domain-name strategies and the practical implications of open source are treated. Issues such as valuation, licensing and company formation are also included in this section.


The course consists of a number of lectures where legal methods and rules are taught and a number of exercises where practical problems are analyzed in groups. The practical perspective is dominating in the course. Each student has to make her own strategic considerations, and at the exercises these considerations are discussed. The exercises are based on the fact that the students are well prepared. This course is taught in Swedish. For an English see the course given in period one.


Koktvedgaard/Levin: Lärobok i Immaterialrätt (senaste upplagan).
Articles and exercise material is sold at course start.


Written exam. Completed case exercise. Attendance is mandatory for the exercises

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