/ PFT Online Course on 'INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW'
Introduction and Background
UNITAR online course on International Intellectual Property Law
is a foundation course developed to provide participants with an
introduction to increasingly important area of intellectual property
law. Intellectual property refers generally to creations of the
mind that can be made into tangible objects, such as literary and
artistic works, inventions, symbols, names, images and designs.
Intellectual property law is the corresponding set of laws that
protect the creators of these works. Since intellectual property,
or IP, can encompass such a broad range of artistic or scientific
creations, it is often divided into two categories: (i) copyright;
and (ii) industrial property. Copyright includes literary works,
such as novels, scripts, and films, and musical and artistic works,
such as paintings, photographs, sculptures and architectural designs.
Industrial property rights include patents and trademarks, which
are used to protect inventions and source identifying marks and
In our highly globalized economy, many enterprises are engaging
in international commerce on some level. A significant number of
companies have foreign subsidiaries or affiliates, and even purely
domestic entities can become involved in international transactions
in a variety of ways. Often, intellectual property assets will be
a component of such international transactions. As globalization
increases and national boundaries become more penetrable, there
will be a corresponding need for well-developed knowledge regarding
international intellectual property law.
||when slots are full
||November 8 to December 17,
||Minimum of 35 hours
||US $ 400/-
||UNITAR Geneva (Course Administration
and Technical Questions)
Through this program, participants will:
- Understand the definition of intellectual
- Understand why international intellectual
property law is needed,
- Understand the differences between
copyrights, patents, and trademarks.
- Understand how intellectual property
rights are protected in the international marketplace.
- Be familiar with the different
international treaties applicable to international intellectual
- Be knowledgeable about the challenges
applicable to harmonizing intellectual property worldwide.
- Have an understanding of various
resources that are available for researching issues of international
This program endeavors to provide participants with a background
in the key issues of international intellectual property law. This
foundation course is designed for professionals from all sectors
and professions, including: government, public finance, investment,
trade, corporate finance, project management, treasury, as well
as academic circles and civil society.
Structure / Outline
This online course will involve a mix of self-study and online interaction
culminating in a practical understanding of International Intellectual
Property Law through online group work. Throughout the duration
of the course, participants will go through theoretical and conceptual
material prepared by UNITAR and will have an opportunity to relate
it to real-life situations through online discussions and peer-to-peer
interaction. There will be a quiz/assignment at the end of the.
This course will comprise of the following modules, each covering
a one-week period.
Understanding Intellectual Property Law: Module 1 will
introduce international intellectual property law. It will examine
the important role that intellectual property law plays In the
modern economy. It will explore how national differences in the
procedural and substantive aspects of intellectual property law
can have significant consequences for the treatment of a company's
IP assets once such assets are released into the international
Copyrights: Module 2 will explore fundamentals of copyright
protection. Copyright laws tread a careful balance between protecting
the property right of a creator and acknowledging that all creative
works build on preexisting creative works. Copyright laws offer
the makers of creative works both a limited property right in
the fruit of their labor and the freedom to borrow from and build
upon works in the public domain.
Patents: Module will examine how fundamentals of patent
law in the international community. From the molecule that binds
pharmaceutical products, to the circuitry system that powers the
latest electronic devices in our homes, patents are everywhere
in the world around us. To encourage ingenuity, national and regional
governments offer special protection to the creators of inventions
- this protection is called a patent.
Trademarks: This Module examines fundamentals of trademark
law in the international realm. Trademarks are words, phrases,
symbols and/or designs, or a combination of the foregoing, that
identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party
from those of others. Trademark law is not uniform in all countries,
and some countries afford less rights to trademark holders than
others countries. Some jurisdictions also have different rules
and requirements for obtaining trademark protection. There are
various treaties and conventions which cover trademark law in
the international realm.
This course will be conducted over the internet using UNITAR's e-Learning
infrastructure for a four week period. Participants will require a
minimum of 60 minutes of study each day. The course pedagogy will
allow for three levels of interaction. At the first level, the participants
will interact with the training content and reading material provided.
At the second level, the participants will interact with each other
through the online discussion board facility, sharing experiences,
opinions and views, thereby giving the learning a contextual framework.
At the third level, the participants will interact with a seasoned
expert on corporate governance who will act as the course mentor.
The mentor will not only moderate the course for its entire duration,
but also provide feedback and discussion wrap-ups as well as respond
to participant queries.
UNITAR online courses create a progressive
learning environment in which participants have the flexibility
to structure their own learning process and interact with peers
and experts through the discussion board facility. UNITAR encourages
the participants to network with each other both professionally
and amicably, to establish contacts which further promote the dynamic
nature of the learning experience.
The online course will be conducted
in the English language.
This course is designed as an online course in which participants
will be primarily responsible for their own learning. Each lesson
will consist of the following components:
Reading Materials (Compulsory Reading Materials):
these materials are intended to educate the participants
about the basic concepts and principles applicable to the subject-matter
of the lesson. It will include, where appropriate, sample materials.
These materials will constitute the required reading materials
for the lesson
Reading Materials (Optional Reading Materials): this
will consist of optional reading materials for participants who
wish to learn more about the topic than what is covered in the
Links: This will refer the interested participants
to additional books, articles, documents, and websites that deal
with the issues raised in the lesson.
A glossary of terms tailored to the online course will
be provided to the participants and act as a learning support
during the entire course.
At the end of each lesson there will be a set of quizzes
for participants to answer. These quizzes are designed to test
the participant's understanding of the lesson. Participants are
required to pass each quiz and obtain at least 80% or more passing
grade in order to be eligible for a certificate. All quizzes will
need to be taken online.
Discussion Board: There will be a community discussion
board available on which participants can post questions or comments
that can be seen by the instructor and the other participants.
This discussion board will be moderated by the course director
and UNITAR. Structured discussion strings will be posted on a
All successful participants will be
eligible to a certificate after completion of this online course.