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CIP058 - Intellectual property strategies
Immaterialrättsliga strategier
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-26 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPBDP
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Main field of study: Industrial Engineering and Management

Teaching language: English
Application code: 07122
Open for exchange students: No

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0114 Laboratory 3,5 c Grading: UG   3,5 c    
0214 Examination 4,0 c Grading: TH   4,0 c   Contact examiner,  Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

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Ulf Petrusson

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

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) Demonstrate ability to define and interpret the concepts of intellectual assets and property in relation to innovation and business strategy from a legal, management and technology context including ethics and sustainable development.
2) Demonstrate knowledge regarding the relevance and scope of different mechanisms for controlling intellectual assets and property, such as patents, trademark rights, copyrights, design rights, and secrecy.
3) Use and 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) Demonstrate ability to 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 lectures 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 lectures and exercises as well as group projects. Attendance at the exercises is mandatory.


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Examination including compulsory elements

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

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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