Intellectual Property Rights and Information Technology Innovation (IPRs and IT Innovation)

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Admission requirements

60 higher education credits in Computer Science, Business Information Systems or Computer information Science and the equivalent of English B in Swedish secondary school.


Syllabus for students spring 2013, autumn 2012

Course Code:
DA229A revision 1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of establishment:
27 February 2012
Date of ratification:
27 February 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Technology and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2012

Course description

The course provides a general introduction to the intellectual property rights (IPRs) and information technology (IT). The course aims to educate and stimulate critical and independent thinking as to the use of individual IPRs for the advancement of development and business strategies in the IT sector. At the same time, the course provides the students with the understanding of the social and public interests that thread the very nature of the intellectual property (IP) system.

Advancement in relation to the degree requirements

Single subject course.

Entry requirements

60 higher education credits in Computer Science, Business Information Systems or Computer information Science and the equivalent of English B in Swedish secondary school.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding
After completing this course, students are able to:

  • demonstrate the understanding of the general nature of the individual IPRs and be able to show how such rights can be used to protect intangibles
  • explain the basic rules and requirements necessary to obtain a relevant IP protection
  • demonstrate the awareness of international differences that exist in the IP system (i.e. between US and Europe) and conflict of interests (i.e. between developed and developing countries)

Skills and Abilities
After completing this course, students are able to:
  • identify and apply individual IPRs to a different range of IT related innovation and business strategies
  • identify and describe the problems that may arise in connection with different strategies for the commercialisation of IPRs in the IT and explain how such problems can or should be resolved in the IT sector

Judgement and Approach
After completing this course, students are able to:
  • develop the capacity for independent and critical thinking concerning IPRs and IT innovation
  • demonstrate the understanding the IPRs in the broader social and ethical context where IPRs are weighed against other societal interests


Requirements for pass: Passed oral presentation and passed written assignment.

Requirements for pass with distinction: Passed with distinction on the written assignment and passed oral presentation.

Course content

The course provides the participants with a general overview of the IPRs as applicable to the IT sector. Standard IPRs (e.g. patents, copyright and trademarks) are explored with parallel case studies in order to provide students with practical implications of the IPRs in the IT industry. The focus of the course is on the European IP laws with an additional reflection on the international conventions and the American IP system. The course also looks at the social/ethical and wider issues that are increasingly arising with the IP protection of the emerging technologies.

The course is structured according to following topics:

  • Introduction to the IPRs
  • Patents
  • Copyrights
  • Trademarks
  • IPRs management and commercialisation
  • Competition law issues with IPRs in the IT
  • Special interest topics

Learning activities

Lectures approximately 25 hours, project approximately 75 hours, individual studies approximately 100 hours.

Grading system

Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with Distinction (VG).

Course literature and other teaching materials

  • MacQueen Hector; Walede, Charlotte; Laurie, Graeme; Brown, Abbe, Contemporary Intellectual Property: Law and Policy. OUP Oxford 2 edition (2011).

Course evaluation

All students are given the opportunity to give their comments at the end of the course in writing. A compilation of the results will be available on the faculty computer net. Student participation is in the form of course meetings.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Technology and Society at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology.

Further information