Course syllabus

Patent och annan immaterialrätt
Patent and Intellectual Property Rights

ETIA10, 7,5 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2013/14
Decided by: Education Board A
Date of Decision: 2013-04-15

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: MSOC1
Elective for: B4, C4, D4, E4, F4, I4, K4, M4-pu, MWIR1, N4, Pi4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The economies in Europe, North America and certain states in East Asia are under transformation from producing industrial economies to knowledge economies based on Bio-science, Information technology, adventure tourism and design, where knowledge has replaced goods as products in a globalized economy. The legal protection system is known as Intellectual Property Rights. Knowledge in the scope of the Rights and their applications is a requirement for the originator and the company in order to profit from a specific knowledge.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course starts with a survey of the Swedish, European and American systems of Intellectual Property Rights, sources of legal and conventional material and on how these laws are grounded and applied. Then these laws and conventions are considered from both a European as well as an American perspective and in some aspects also with regard to the laws in Japan and China. The focus of the course is on Intellectual Property Right since they are considered a growing part of the value adding process in companies and at the same time are a more important mean of competition. Issues of Intellectual Property such as Patents, Copyright, Computer programs, Integrated circuits, Trademarks and Design will be brought up on the course, as well as rules and regulations of marketing and competition. Other issues regarding the commercialization of an invention will be discussed in the course, such as questions regarding license agreements. The course also deals with areas such as IPR-strategies for companies, how to search and utilize the information in patent databases for strategic purposes, commercializing through licence agreements.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination.


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: ETI280

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Peter Nilsson,
Course coordinator: Fredrik Edman,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course will be given in two tracks, one in Swedish and one in English. The course is lectured by external lecturers.