Courses Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law

37014 Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law , 10 sp

Advanced studies
Teaching language
Course description

The aim of the course is to give a comprensive overview of fundamental concepts and principles of intellectual property law (especially copyright, trademark, patent, and design law) in Europe. Topics include the requirements for protection, right holders, scope of protection of intellectual property rights in the EU directives, regulations and CJEU case laws.

Learning Goal

You have in-depth knowledge of fundamental concepts of intellectual property protection in Europe.

After completing the course, you will be able to
  • identify relevant intellectual property rights and doctrines in European context
  • explain core docrines of European IP law 
  • analyze  principles of European IP law
International Learning Experience

The substance of the course is international (i.e European IP law) and guest lectures given by visiting professor are arranged.

Target Group

Hanken master's degree students with commercial law as major subject (both IPL specialization and Swedish programme), IPL Study Module students and students within collaboration with Aalto University or University of Helsinki only. 


IPL specialization students: No pre-requisites

Other students: At least 10 ECTs in law studies 


Lectures, self study, independent research, exercise. 

The students are also expected to learn the contents of lecture notes. The lecture notes will be made available during the course on the website in Moodle.

Total Student Workload

267 hours divided into
Scheduled contact hours: ca. 35 h
non-scheduled work: 232 h

Recommended Time of Performance

First year (Msc in IPL) 


Written take home examination 40 %
Learning Log 30 %
Case study note 30 %

  • Kur, A, Dreier, T., Stefan Luginbuehl (2019). European and Intellectual Property Law: Text, Cases and Materials. Second Edition, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Lecture notes, slides, articles, primary sources as pointed out by the instructor. 

Students who have completed the earlier course Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law (8 ECTS, course code 3774) cannot take this course.