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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

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Open for applications: 

No

Application deadline: 
TBA
Start date: 
2014 - TBA
Course code: 
IGCBP
ECTS credits: 
0
Mode(s) of study: 
Certificate
Course details

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
Who should apply

Diplo seeks applications from the following, from both developed and developing countries:

  • officials in government ministries, departments, or institutions dealing with Information Society, Internet and ICT-related policy issues (e.g. telecommunications, education, foreign affairs, justice);
  • postgraduate students, academics and researchers in the IG field (e.g. in telecommunications, electrical engineering, law, economics, development studies);
  • civil society activists in the IG and Information Society fields;
  • journalists covering IG issues; and
  • individuals in Internet-business fields (e.g. ISPs, software developers).
     
Prerequisites

Applicants are required to have:

  • either completed the course Introduction to Internet Governance (Foundation Phase of the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme), or to have equivalent knowledge basic knowledge of Internet governance issues and/or experience in the field;
  • fluency in English (or in the working language of the course, if the course is conducted in a language other than English), sufficient to follow university-level materials and discussion;
  • good writing skills, ability to summarise information and focus on details;
  • regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient, although broadband is preferable);
  • minimum of 8 hours commitment per week throughout the duration of the course. (this is perhaps the single most important requirement and should be evaluated seriously by any potential applicant); and
  • the readiness to participate in online consultations (once a week at specified times).
Fees

The fee for the 2014 course will be announced soon.

Applicants from developing countries may be eligible to apply for scholarship support. Details will be available soon.

How to apply

Applications for the Advanced Course in Intellectual Property Rights are now closed.

For more information about Diplo's Internet governance initiatives, including the Internet Governance Building Programme, visit www.diplomacy.edu/ig, or contact us at ig@diplomacy.edu

 
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Course details:

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
Who should apply:

Diplo seeks applications from the following, from both developed and developing countries:

  • officials in government ministries, departments, or institutions dealing with Information Society, Internet and ICT-related policy issues (e.g. telecommunications, education, foreign affairs, justice);
  • postgraduate students, academics and researchers in the IG field (e.g. in telecommunications, electrical engineering, law, economics, development studies);
  • civil society activists in the IG and Information Society fields;
  • journalists covering IG issues; and
  • individuals in Internet-business fields (e.g. ISPs, software developers).
     
Methodology:

The Advanced Course is 8 weeks in duration, starting with an introductory week, followed by 6 weeks of intensive learning and knowledge sharing among participants. The courses conclude in week 8 with a narrative exam given to assess the level of understanding of issues covered. 

The courses take place in a web-based virtual classroom with Web 2.0 interaction tools (hypertext discussion tool, forums, message boards, real-time discussions, etc), allowing participants to complete most course activities whenever convenient within a given weekly schedule.

The courses are based on studying and discussing textual materials under the guidance of experienced certified tutors and with the support of experts from various institutions.

Successful students will be awarded a DiploFoundation certificate. 

Prerequisites:

Applicants are required to have:

  • either completed the course Introduction to Internet Governance (Foundation Phase of the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme), or to have equivalent knowledge basic knowledge of Internet governance issues and/or experience in the field;
  • fluency in English (or in the working language of the course, if the course is conducted in a language other than English), sufficient to follow university-level materials and discussion;
  • good writing skills, ability to summarise information and focus on details;
  • regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient, although broadband is preferable);
  • minimum of 8 hours commitment per week throughout the duration of the course. (this is perhaps the single most important requirement and should be evaluated seriously by any potential applicant); and
  • the readiness to participate in online consultations (once a week at specified times).
Fees:

The fee for the 2014 course will be announced soon.

Applicants from developing countries may be eligible to apply for scholarship support. Details will be available soon.

How to apply:

Applications for the Advanced Course in Intellectual Property Rights are now closed.

For more information about Diplo's Internet governance initiatives, including the Internet Governance Building Programme, visit www.diplomacy.edu/ig, or contact us at ig@diplomacy.edu