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2015/2016  KAN-CJURV1158U  International Intellectual Property, Competition and Innovation - The Strategic Use of Intellectual Property Rights

English Title
International Intellectual Property, Competition and Innovation - The Strategic Use of Intellectual Property Rights

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Commercial Law, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Law
    Björn Lundqvist - Law Department (LAW)
  • Jerome Davis - Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics (INO)
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Law
  • Globalization and international business
  • Innovation
Last updated on 23-10-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: The aim is that the student will be able to independently make use of economic and legal assessments and reasoning in interdisciplinary international working groups and networks.

The student shall at the end of the course be able to:
  • • describe, classify, organize and combine relevant legal and economic concepts, theories, methods and models;
  • • identify, analyze and synthesize concrete problems within the subject matter of international intellectual property protection and economic theory by applying professional concepts, theories and models;
  • • assess the economic model assumptions and their relation to real-life cases
  • • analyze and evaluate intellectual property issues, arguing for different academic reasoned solutions and undertake critical consideration of the legal arguments and solutions
  • • present solutions and arguments in a systematic and consistent manner, showing an overview, insight and understanding of relevant issues
The Strategic Use of Intellectual Property Rights - a course in International Intellectual Property, Competition and Innovation:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral Exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Duration 20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time With the listed preparation time: 20 Minutes
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below:
Students may bring for the initial preparation (20 min) but not for the oral exam: the assigned litteratur (pensum), slides and other material from the lectures, and their own notes from those lectures. The material needs to be physical, i.e. printed. The students may not bring or use their computers or phones for the preparation.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

The strategic use of intellectual property rights in an international competitive context is analyzed both from a legal and an economic perspective. Specific issues will be studied and discussed. For example:
• Basic theories and principles of intellectual property; why and when it should be protected.
•Innovation and obtaining IPR protection in biotechnology, in the telecom sector and in other industries.
• Patent Wars
• Development perspectives in copyright-based industries in the light of digital technology.
• Open source. Open Content. Creative Commons.
• Trademarks economic function and legal content.
• Contractual and competition law issues in technology transfer(license) agreements and in other collaborative agreements.
• Standardization, patent pools and joint R&D collaborations from a competition and intellectual property law perspective.
• What is FRAND?

Teaching methods
Lecturers and seminars
Expected literature
Preliminary Literature etc. (pensum)
Reading material (some changes and amendments to the list should be expected)
Jens Schovsbo and Morten Rosenmeier: Immaterialret, DJØF Forlag 2013. (or an equivalent book in English, e.g. Intellectual property law Bently, Lionel and Sherman, Brad, 4 ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014
Arrow, Kenneth (1973). Information and Economic Behavior (Stockholm: Federation of Swedish Industries), s. 5-25.
Maskus, Keith E (2000). ”Globalization and the economics of intellectual property rights: dancing the dual distortion,” Intellectual Property Rights in the Global Economy (Washington, D.C., Institute for International Economics).
Greenhalgh, C. and Rogers, M. (2010). Innovation, Intellectual Property and Economic Growth (Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press, s. 149-73.
Are Stenvik: ”Protection for Equivalents Under Patent Law – Theories and Practice”, IIC 2001.1-20.
Formstein, Bundesgerichtshofs dom af 29.4.1986, IIC 1987.795-805.
Mazzoleni, Roberto and Nelson, Richard R. (1998). “Economic theories about the benefits and costs of patents,” Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 32, No. 4, December, s. 1031-1051.
Rivette, K.G. and Kline, D. (2000). Discovering new value in intellectual property, Harvard Business Review, January-February, s. 54-66.
Cusumano, Michael A. (2013). Technology strategy and management: The Apple-Samsung lawsuits. Communications of the ACM, January, 56 (1), s. 28-31.
Kur, Annette and Schovsbo, Jens, Expropriation or Fair Game for All? The Gradual Dismantling of the IP Exclusivity Paradigm (November 1, 2009). Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition & Tax Law Research Paper No. 09-14.  
Shapiro, Carl (2001). “Navigating the patent thicket: Cross-licenses, patent pools, and standard setting,” Chapter 4 in Jaffe, A.B., Lerner, J. and Stern, S., eds., Innovation Policy and the Economy, Vol. 1. January, s. 119-144.
Davis, Lee (2008): Licensing strategies of the new intellectual property vendors, California Management Review. Winter 2008 (February), pp. 6-26.
Lars Kjøelbye and Luc Peeperkorn: The New
Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation
and Guidelines s. 161 et seq, in European competition law annual 2005, The interaction between competition law and intellectual property law
Ehlermann, Claus-Dieter; Atanasiu, Isabela;
Oxford;Hart Publishing ; 2007
Carlson, Steven, 'Patent Pools and the Antitrust Dilemma', (1999) 16 Yale Journal of Regulation 359.
Oxley, J.E. (1999). Institutional environment and the mechanism of governance: The impact of intellectual property protection on the structure of interfirm alliances, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 38(3): 283-307.
Sampson, R.C.  (2003). The role of lawyers in strategic alliances, Case Western Reserve Law Review 53(4): 909-924
Vonortas, N.S. (2000). Multimarket contact and interfirm cooperation in R&D, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 10: 243-269.
Marcus Glader Open Standards: Public Policy Aspects and Competition Law Requirements, European Competition Journal, Volume 6, Number 3, December 2010, s 611 ff.
Shapiro, Carl and Varian, Hal R. (1999). “Rights management,” Chapter 4 i Information Rules (Cambridge, Harvard Business School Press), s. 83-102.
Lerner, Josh and Tirole, Jean (2005). “The economics of technology sharing: Open source and beyond,” Journal of Economic Perspectives 19 (2), spring, s.99-118.
WIPO Recommendation Concerning Provisions on the Protection of Well-Known Marks.
Landes, William M. and Posner, Richard A. (1987). ”Trademark law: an economic perspective,” The Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 30, October, s. 265-280.
Ramello, Giovanni B. (2006). ”What’s in a sign? Trademark law and economic theory,” Journal of Economic Surveys, 20 (4), s. 547-61.
Lemley, Mark A. (1999). The modern Lanham Act and the death of common sense. Yale Law Journal, May, v 108. Reprint (11 sider).
Mulcahy, B.R. and Grubb, L. (2009). Bienvenu sur eBay – Online auctions for counterfeit luxury goods carry different risks in different jurisdictions (September 15). 4 sider
Case No. KZR 40/02 (“Tight-Head Drum” (Standard-Spundfass),
Cf. IIC 2005, 741.

Eisenberg, Rebecca S. (2001). ”Bargaining over the transfer of proprietary research tools: is this market failing or emerging?” in Dreyfuss, Rochelle C., Zimmerman, Diane L., and First, Harry, Expanding the Boundaries of Intellectual Property (Oxford: Oxford University press), s. 223-249.
Walsh, John P., Arora, Ashish and Cohen, Wesley M. (2003) Research Tool Patenting and Licensing and Biomedical Innovation, in Cohen, W.M. and Merrill, eds., Patents in the Knowledge-Based Economy (Washington, D.C. National Academies Press), s. 285-336.
Heller, M. (2008). Gridlock Economy.  How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives (New York: Basic Books). s. xiii-xvii, 1-6.
Gervase, d.J. (2009). (Re)implementing the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights to Foster Innovation,” The Journal of World Intellectual Property, 12 (5), 348-370.
“Prizes for technological innovation” (2006). The Brookings Institution, December, s. 1-7.
“The PC all over again?” (2012). The Economist, December 1st, s. 9.
- eBay Inc v. MercExchange, L.L.C.,http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/05pdf/05-130.pdf
Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) May 6, 2009
- Case No. KZR 39/06 (“Orange.Book-Standard”), http://www.ipeg.eu/blog/wp-content/uploads/EN-Translation-BGH-Orange-Book-Standard-eng.pdf
Last updated on 23-10-2015