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11.11.2019 at 08:00 - 8.12.2019 at 22:00


This course is included in the optional studies of the Bachelor of Laws degree and the Master of Laws degree.

Registration onto this course is open to all students from the Bachelor of Laws programme and the Finnish Master of Laws programme, all students pursuing doctoral studies and those on the MICL or IBL programme, as well as to exchange students, and to students with the right to complete minor sub­ject stud­ies or the right to complete non-degree studies at the Faculty of Law.

Apply for a right to complete minor sub­ject stud­ies or for the right to complete non-degree studies at the Faculty of Law here: https://guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/article/optional-studies-law and https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-law/admissions/apply-to-the-faculty-of-law.

ON-P212 or IBL-315 or a basic course on intellectual property law

The student will learn the advanced features of international and European patent law as well as differences between the legal traditions and patent registration systems of the world. The student will learn to understand the central concepts of patent law and familiarize him or herself with recent international scholarship. The student will acquire skills to evaluate and test comparative conclusions for reliability and accuracy. 

After completing the course students will be able to:

- understand and critically analyse legislations, court decisions, as well as legal literature in patent law at an advanced level;

- understand, describe and analyse the impact of new technological developments to the overall patent system; and

- demonstrate depth and breadth in understanding of the need and consequences of the developments of new policies and legislations in the field of patent law.

Spring-Summer 2020

The course covers advanced international and European patent law through selected court cases and legislation on similar issues in different legal cultures. The student will improve research skills in utilizing international legal sources, institutions and databases. The course covers issues related to advanced patent law from both a European and international perspective.

Language of instruction is English, including all assignments.

Mandatory quizzes and problems based on the course materials count for 30 % of the grade. The student may attempt the quiz five times, and must receive 70 % of the available points to pass.

Students must receive 50 % of the available points to pass the essay. An essay of 15 pages counts for 70 % of the grade.

The passing grades of the quizzes and the essays will be weighted at 30 % and 70 % respectively to constitute the grade for the class.

Student completing the online course by 30.4.2020 will be graded by 31.5.2020. Students completing the online course by 31.7.2020 will be graded by 31.8.2020.

Grading scale: 1-5.

In addition to a WebOodi-registration, students will have to register onto this course also here: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/Participation/Public/7d769c44-7f5c-4097-bb0b-8318e292fd2b?displayId=Fin1875598.

Registration through the aforementioned linked web page is required to be selected onto the course and thus mandatory.

The course is offered in cooperation with IPR University Center. Entry is limited to 40 students. Students from UEF Law School, University of Lapland and University of Helsinki have priority to 36 seats, giving each partner 12 seats. Should any seats remain open they default to eligible students at UEF Law School, University of Lapland and University of Helsinki respectively, in order of registration. Students from other IPR University member universities are reserved four seats. Any registered, eligible student may fill a vacant seat, if quotas are not otherwise filled.

Selection of eligible students within the quotas is performed on a first-come-first-served basis.

The course may be completed 100 % online through independent study of electronically available course materials.

The course consists of two mandatory elements and mandatory course materials; assignments (30%) and essay paper (70%).

Students may write essays in pairs. Essays authored by pairs must be 25 pages.

Students must pre-approve their essay topics by January 31, 2020 regardless of time of completion of the course.

Essays are subject to plagiarism detection.

Taina Pihlajarinne