3 ECTS credits
75 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 8020304GNR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (G) Postgraduate - preliminary level.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Law and Criminology
Economic Law
Educational team
Fabienne Brison (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
16 contact hours Lecture
Course Content
  • General introduction to IPR and their legal framework, both at the international level and in the EU
  • Copyright & Neighbouring Rights, including Software and Database Protection
  • Patents (including prosecution), mainly at European level (namely via the European Patent Office)
  • Trademarks and Design (including prosecution), mainly at European level (namely via the European Union Intellectual Property Office)
Course material
Course text (Required) : Intellectual Property Rights Protection
Additional info

Lectures and guest lectures for about 20 – 24 hours for which their presence is required

Learning Outcomes

General competences

The students will get an introduction to the rather complex legal framework governing intellectual property rights in the European Union.


When dealing with intellectual property rights in Europe, one has to take into account international rules (e.g. the TRIPs Agreement), European Regulations that directly apply in the legal order of the EU Member States (e.g. regulations governing the Community Trademark, the Community Design, the Custom Measures etc.), European Directives that harmonize national rules governing intellectual property rights (e.g. the Directive on Copyright and Neighboring Rights in the Information Society, the Directive on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights), European Treaties (e.g. the European Patent Convention), Uniform Benelux Legislation (e.g. the Benelux Treaty on Intellectual Property), besides national legislation (e.g. the Belgian Code of Economic Law).


We will focus on the main and most traditional intellectual property rights: copyright (including neighbouring rights and protection of software and databases), trademark (and to a lesser extent design rights) and patents (including the protection of trade secrets). For each intellectual property right, the students will be able to answer the following questions: 1) what does it offer? (strategic option); 2) how do we obtain such intellectual property right? (prosecution); 3) what do we do when we note infringement? (litigation). In sum, the students will understand the opportunities the protection of intellectual property rights will offer any undertaking in the European Union.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Written Exam determines 50% of the final mark.
Other determines 50% of the final mark.

Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Written exam with a relative weight of 50 which comprises 50% of the final mark.

Within the Other category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Class work with a relative weight of 50 which comprises 50% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation


Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Postgraduate Certificate International Trade and Investment: Standaard traject
Postgraduate Certificate Flagship Programme in Economic Diplomacy and International Business: Standaard traject