89455 - Patents & Trade Marks

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Basic knowledge of Patent Law and Trade-Marks Law especially for Scientific-Oriented Professionals (engineers, chemists, etc.).

Course contents

Basic Legal Principles on Technical Inventions and Trade Marks.

These principles shall be explained through the main EU and International provisions or case law in the proper subject-matter.


KUR & DREIER, European Intellectual Property Law Text, Cases and Materials, E.Elgar Publ., 2013, Paperback Ed., pp. 1-240.

This handbook can be directly ordered through the publisher's website (https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/european-intellectual-property-law) or any other on-line bookseller.

Teaching methods

Explanation of the main principles on Patents and Trademarks Law through an oral discussion of the EU and International provisions or case law showed by slides or other on-line free sources.

The explanation and discussion of these principles, provisions and cases in class is aimed to let students improve their knowledge by reasoning and understanding the legal subject-matter rather than learning it by heart or without any critical or applicative approach.

For this reason, full attendance is strongly suggested. Anyway, a 70% presence at least is required.

In case of partial attendance during the same lesson (e.g. one or two hours only), the attendance will be calculated per hour (so, 1/3 or 2/3 ofof the total).

WARNING! For an overcome unavailability of previously listed rooms, all the lessons will be held at the Belmeloro Building "B" (Via Andreatta No 14) in Room H on Wednesday and in Room I on Friday on the following dates:

  1. Wed., Nov. 7th, from 15 to18
  2. Frid., Nov. 9th, from 11 to 14
  3. Wed., Nov. 14, from 15 to18
  4. Frid., Nov. 16, from 11 to 14
  5. Wed., Nov. 21, from 15 to18
  6. Frid., Nov. 23, from 11 to 14 (in Room 22, via Zamboni No 22)
  7. Wed., Nov. 28, from 15 to 18
  8. Frid., Nov. 30, from 11 to 14
  9. Wed., Dec. 5, from 15 to 18

Assessment methods

An oral exam (20-30 min.) shall ascertain the proper and critical knowledge of:

(a) in general, the contents of the basic handbook (see Readings/Bibliography) since not all the subject-matter can be explained or discussed during the lessons (sources, conventions, procedures for registration or patentability, etc.).

(b) in particular, the main principles, provisions and case law discussed and explained during the lessons.

The exam is passed with at least a 18/30 grading.

Because of the first year of this course, the teacher shall ask the students if they also could like an optional written multiple-choice test at the end of the lessons, fully or almost fully alternative to the oral exam. In this case, the test date, hour and place shall be noticed through this website.

Teaching tools

The main principles explained in the handbook and/or discussed during the lessons shall be mainly excerpted from these sources:

  • Paris Conventionfor the Protection of Industrial Property: http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/text.jsp?file_id=288514
  • WTOAgreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement): http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/treaties/text.jsp?file_id=305907
  • The European Patent Convention: https://www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/epc.html
  • EU Directive No 2015/2436 of 16 December 2015, approximating the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32015L2436&from=EN


Office hours

See the website of Alberto Musso