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International Intellectual Property Law


Admission requirements



In this course the most important intellectual property rights will be discussed, such as patent law, copyright law, trademark law and design protection. These rights will be dealt with, both on the European and global scale. This means that we will study not only EC Directives and Regulations, but also global treaties and regulations such as the Paris Convention for the protection of industrial property and the TRIPS Agreement of the WTO.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course
The object of this course is to make the students familiar with the most important aspects of IP rights on a European and global scale.


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Achievement levels

  1. At the end of this course you have learned which are the most important (international) regulations regarding intellectual property law and how they are related to each other; you also know where to find these regulations

  2. You are able to make a distinction between the respective intellectual property rights, not only as regards the conditions for protection but also as regards the scope of protection, and you know the most important similarities and differences between those rights; as a result you are also able to analyse whether a specific intellectual property right can be used in a particular situation and whether or not in that situation also other intellectual property rights can be used at the same time

  3. You are able to analyse the legislation, case law and literature in the field of international intellectual property law and to analyse and solve, as if you were a lawyer working in this field of law, rather complicated cases, taken from everyday practice; it also means that you are able to read and understand national and international handbooks and scientific articles, government reports etc. with regard to this field of law

  4. You are able to write a scientific paper on a topic of intellectual property law, alone or in cooperation with other students

Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 5

  • Names of lecturers: see above

  • Required preparation by students: to be published on Blackboard


  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: 5

  • Names of instructors: see above

  • Required preparation by students: to be published on Blackboard

Other methods of instruction

  • Description:

  • Number of (2 hour) instructions:

  • Names of instructors:

  • Required preparation by students:

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Paper to be written during the course (counting for 20 per cent of the final result)

  • Written examination at the end of the course (counting for 80 per cent of the final result)

  • If a student has not passed the course by the end of the academic year, any partial grades for paper or exam are no longer valid.

Submission procedures To be published on Blackboard

Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures, the seminars and all other instructions which are part of the course.


More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

To be published on Blackboard

Course information guide:
To be published on Blackboard

To be published on Blackboard

Recommended course materials
To be published on Blackboard


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact information

  • Co-ordinator: dr. P.A.C.E. van der Kooij

  • Work address: Kamerlingh Onnes Building Steenschuur 25 2311 SE Leiden

  • Contact information: see below

  • Telephone number: 071-5277238/5

  • Email:


  • Institute: Private law

  • Department: Company law

  • Room number secretary: C202

  • Opening hours: 9.00-13.30 hours

  • Telephone number secretary: 071-5277235

  • Email:


Belangstellenden die deze cursus in het kader van contractonderwijs willen volgen (met tentamen), kunnen meer informatie vinden over kosten, inschrijving, voorwaarden, etc. op de website van Juridisch PAO.