The Advanced Course in Intellectual Property Rights covers in-depth aspects of the historical developments and justifications that have led to the present IPR structure, as well as in-depth analysis of copyright, software and patents, trademarks, domain names, and databases, trade secrets and access to knowledge.
The course forms part of the Advanced Phase of the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme. Participants are expected to have either completed the introductory course of the Foundation Phase, or to have equivalent knowledge basic knowledge of Internet governance issues and/or experience in the field.
The rich blend of lecture texts, expert tutors, and online collaboration among class participants offers the best opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge and training in Internet governance issues and ICT policy. Successful students will be awarded a DiploFoundation certificate.
Other advanced courses run in parallel with the Advanced Course in Intellectual Property Rights: Infrastructure and Critical Internet Resources | Privacy and Personal Data Protection | ICT Policy and Strategic Planning | E-participation | Cybersecurity | History of Internet Governance
The Advanced Course in Intellectual Property Rights covers the following topics:
Introduction to IPR: History, Justifications, International IP Regime, Overview
Copyright: Concepts and Subject Matter of Copyright Law, Originality and Creativity, Works Protected under the International IPR System, Difference between an Idea and its Expression, Duration of Copyright Protection and Importance of the Public Domain, Who is an Author, Rights of the Author, International Activity, Common Law Approach: Fair Use Doctrine, Internet and New Challenges
Access to Knowledge: Tragedy of the Commons and Tragedy of the Anti-commons, A2K Movements and Projects
Software and patents: Software, Patents, Software Patents, Business Methods, Internet and Patents
Trademarks, Domain Names, Database, Trade Secrets, Traditional Knowledge: Trademarks, Domain Names, Database Protection, Trade Secrets and Undisclosed Information, Traditional Knowledge and the Internet: A Delicate Balance