Contents & Structure
The LL.M. is structured in three different phases stretching over 9 months, from September 2019 to May 2020.
The first phase consists of courses offered through distance learning via the Internet.
The first phase consists of 3 WIPO modules offered through distance learning. This initial phase is designed to provide all the participants with a preliminary and homogeneous background. The 3 distance learning modules are delivered from September to December 2019. They are based on the successfully tested “Patents" (DL-301), “Copyright and Related Rights” (DL-201) and “Trademarks, Industrial Design and Geographical Indications” (DL-302); all designed by WIPO experts.
The second phase consists of the residential part of the programme. It is an intensive face-to-face classroom learning period delivered at ITCILO campus in Turin from January to April 2019 and at WIPO headquarters in Geneva during a three nights study visit in February. It starts with an introductory review of the current IPR regime followed by economic analysis of IPR law. This phase explores IP protection both at national, regional and international levels. Lectures on the following modules are offered by professors as well as IP experts.
A full-time tutor is assigned to the class in order to respond to participants’ clarification needs and to provide remedial support to the students, as required. Participants, on rotation basis, are expected to make weekly summary
presentations of the topics covered during the preceding week. This provides for active interaction among the participants, the tutor and the professors.
• Introduction to IP Law and Economics
• Trademarks and Geographical Indications
• Industrial Designs
• Unfair Competition
• Domain Names
• Enforcement of IPRs
• International Aspects of IP
Class teaching will be enriched by case-study sessions as well as exercises in legal drafting. Submission of a first draft of a research paper is a requirement during this phase. Two written exams are held during this phase of the programme; the first carrying double the credit points of the second.
The third phase consists of the submission of the final version of the research paper.
This part stretches from April to May 2020. Each participant will be required to submit the final version of the research paper initially drafted during the face-to-face period. Submission and subsequent grading of the final research paper will conclude the programme.
A Master of Laws (LL.M.) in IP will be awarded upon successful completion and fulfillment of the learning requirements of all 3 parts.