Intellectual Property Rights in a Globalised World

Are you too busy to be a full-time student for 10 weeks while looking, at the same time, to increase your understanding of the state of art in Intellectual Property Rights? If yes, we have the solution. Enrol in our online course Intellectual Property Rights in a Globalised World and you will have a quick, yet a rigorous access to the core readings in the field of Innovation.

This course aims to provide an introduction to the economics of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), and in particular the role of IPRs in the globalised economy. The course will begin with a discussion of the different kinds of IPRs, the objectives of and rationale for IPRs, and the current landscape of IPRs. The remainder of the course will concentrate on theoretical and empirical linking of IPRs to innovation, technology transfer, and to economic growth more broadly. Beginning with economic growth, the course will examine economic theory linking IPRs to growth in the context of a single economy and in a North-South setting where imitation is possible. Using theory as a guide the course will then discuss the existing empirical evidence looking to link IPRs to growth. Economic growth in a country is – to a large extent – determined by innovation and by technology transfer (within, but more importantly for our discussion across national borders). The course will therefore focus on these two aspects separately, discussing existing theoretical and empirical literature relating IPRs to both innovation and to (international) technology transfer.

Based on the above description, the course is split into four parts: Part 1A: What are IPRs and why are they used?; Part 1B: The IPR landscape; Part 2: IPRs, innovation and economic growth; and Part 3: IPRs and technology transfer.

Prerequisites: A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). Candidates with any educational background are welcome to enrol.

ECTS (credits obtained): Participants may receive 1,5 ECTS upon the successful completion of the assignments and an exam.

Costs: Participants may opt for one of the three choices of cost-enrolment.

  • 250 euro: Basic course enrolment (no assignment with feedback, no course certificate, no ECTS credits)
  • 500 euro: Certified course enrolment (assignment with feedback, course certificate with pass/fail, no ECTS credits)
  • 600 euro: Accredited course enrolment (final assignment, course certificate, oral exam and if successful, 1,5 ECTS credits)

Courses are developed based on open educational resources. Course materials can be obtained by the participant him/herself, or will be shared on the electronic learning environment.

Starting the course: Upon successful enrolment, every participant will start the course on an individual basis, immediately after the acquisition of the course materials.

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