LL.M in European Intellectual Property - Stockholm University
Intellectual property (IP) law has historically been an international discipline and an area of interest to EU law with both regulations having unitary effect and harmonising directives to be implemented in national law. Areas such as design rights, geographical quality indications, plant rights and trademarks presently belong to the EU unitary system and so do patents from 2015.
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Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Number of Places/Students per year: not specified yet
Start Date: end of August
Duration: 1 year
Price/Fee: For citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, tuition fees of SEK 90000 (EUR 9.578) are required.
Scholarships: Stockholm University awards a number of scholarships to fee-paying international students each year.
Accommodation: The University Student Services help students arrange housing for the duration of their studies.
Application to this programme is open to students who hold a Bachelor's of law degree from an accredited institution of higher education, corresponding to at least 180 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (at least three years of full-time legal studies). In addition to the general entry requirements, only applicants who have completed at least one course in intellectual property law or an equivalent topic that corresponds to at least 15 ECTS, are eligible at the programme.
Programme Structure (60 ECTS)
• Compulsory Course (15 ECTS): Advanced Intellectual Property Law.
• Elective Courses (1 out of 2): Industrial Property- Patents and Trade Marks; Copyright and Transborder Litigation.
• Master Thesis (30 ECTS): The Thesis is a focused research work on a special IP problem with a developed and suitable methodology.
Career Prospects: IP law has not only great political and economic significance but also great cultural significance. The Internet and other forms of international telecommunications clearly demonstrate that IP as such recognises no national borders. The considerable technological developments of the last decades have brought quite dramatic strains on the IP system as a whole, as well as on the various legal disciplines included. We have seen fiery debates on for example: “patents on life?”, patents precluding poor people from essential medicines, indigenous peoples’ fear of being robbed of their traditional properties and copyright as a threat to the freedom of speech and the human right to education. A balance is crucial if the IP system should bring the economic and cultural developments as expected. Therefore, more well educated IP lawyers are needed both for the big questions of international legislation and for efficient litigation between equal parties.
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