Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID100001680

Programme of Study: UPS School of Law (2015-today)

Registered students: 25
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Unified OrientationElective CoursesWinter-4

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID

Class Schedule

HallΕξ αποστάσεως (900)
CalendarΤετάρτη 12:00 έως 14:00
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
As long as the aim of the course is to help students deepen and broaden their knowledge into the area of intellectual property law, providing them with the so-called "european dimension" of the individual legal subjects included therein (i.e. patent law, trademarks, copyright law etc.), it would be advisable that the students, who are willing to choose this course, have attended and have been successfully tested on Intellectual Property Law (Y21), which is a compulsory course, offered at the 4th Semester of the Programme of Undergraduate Studies.
Learning Outcomes
By successfully concluding this course, the students are expected to: 1. Become familiar with the english legal terminology in the rapidly evolving field of intellectual property law 2. Understand the meaning as well as the impact of the presented legal institutions (i.e. EU trademark, European Patent v. Unitary Patent, European Patent Office, Unitary Patent Court e.t.c.) on the unification process of the single market and (on) its effective operation 3. Understand in depth the meaning and function of the general principles of IP Law and, in particular, realize the "fragile" relationship between the principal of territoriality (applicable to IP Law) and the fundamental principle of free movement of goods, that governs EU Law 4. Get to know the "enforcement measures" against the infringement of IP-Rights provided for in Directive 2004/48/EC and, as result, they will be in a position to critically evaluate the civil remedies enacted by the relevant domestic laws (i.e. L. 2121/1993, 4072/2014 etc.) in the context of their harmonisation to the above Directive.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work in an international context
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course "EU-INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW" includes the following sections: 1. General introduction to the nature of intellectual property, the rationale of protection and the different international legal instruments, including the Paris and Berne Convention, the TRIPS Agreement and the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT). Short overview of the current state of EU legislation on IP, mainly focusing on trademarks, patents and copyright, including the horizontal Enforcement Directive 2004/48/EC and the E-Commerce Directive 2000/31/EC, that regulates the conditions under which ISPs are to be held liable for content hosted by them. Brief explanation of the primacy of EU Law and the interplay between the international conventions and EU IP-Law. 2. Patents in Europe: Short overview of the development of patent law in Europe, focusing on the advantages and disadvantages of the European Patent vis a vis the (recent) Unitary Patent. Explanation of the legal framework underlying the European Patent, which is regulated by the European Patent Convention (EPC) of 1973, as well as of the developments of the unitary patent and the unitary paten court, which are regulated by Regulations 1257/2012/EU and 1260/2012/EU, respectively. 3. Trademarks in Europe: overview of the trademark law framework in Europe, explaining the two-tier system consisting of the Trademark Directive (TMD) and the Community Trademark Regulation (CTMR), as in force today. Since trademark protection in Europe is harmonized to the greatest possible extent, students will be guided through the most important substantive law provisions relating, for example, to the requirements of protection, absolute and relative grounds for refusal, scope of rights and loss of rights, whereas a short reference to the respective decisions of the ECJ, where it is deemed appropriate, will be made. 4. Copyrigh in Europe: A short historic overview of the objectives of copyright law followed by the presentation of the recent developments (i.e. the new communication technologies and, most importantly, the Internet) that changed the protectable subject matter of Copyright and facilitated its cross-border exploitation. In this context, the harmonization process of copyright law in Europe, as realised through the enactment of the relevant 9 (nine) Copyright Directives (as of January 2015), is discussed. 5. Short reference to adjacent areas of protection, which are of growing relevance in practice but do not fit into the scheme provided by the "classical" IP rights, such as: plant varieties, geographical indications, industrial designs etc. 6. Attempts for and significance of the harmonization of legal remedies that are available in cases of intellectual property infringement. In this context, the dual nature and content of the term "infringement" is discussed, whereas special emphasis is given to the Enforcement Directive of Intellectual Property Rights 2004/48/EC, that harmonizes the civil sanctions available to injured right holders. 7. The course ends up with a reference to the enforcement of IPRs on the Internet, outlining the particular difficulties that might arise for any right holder wishing to get hold of an alleged infringer. In this context, liability of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), as set out in Directive 2000/31/EC (E-Commerce Directive), is explained and illustrated by interesting ECJ case law.
intellectual property rights (IPRs), patents, trademarks, copyright, harmonisation, unification of IP-laws, territoriality, free movement of goods,
Educational Material Types
  • Extracts of books written by foreign professors, relevant articles published in legal periodicals
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Students are referred to sites relevant to the content of the course, in order to find european legislation (i.e. directives, regulations, relevant proposals etc.) and litigation (mainly by the ECJ). Moreover, references to scientific articles, published in the Internet, are also given, as long as their reproduction and use is free. Communication with the students via the Internet (i.e. by e-mails) is also possible on matters connected to the content of the course and/or on procedural matters, mainly regarding the exams.
Course Organization
Written assigments200.8
Student Assessment
Evaluation is based on exams, oral or written (depending on students' choice), that take place at the end of the semester. However, the right to participate in the oral exams is -preferably- given to those, who attend the classes. Active participation in class is taken into account. Students are offered the possibility to write a paper, in order to improve their grade, but not to "escape" exams, which are -in any case- compulsory.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Students will be provided with extracts of relevant course books, written in English. Moreover, references to relevant articles, published in foreign legal periodicals or/and the Internet, will be given.
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