SOI-137 Intellectual property law and Innovation

Instructor Giulia Dore
Modality In presence
Period First semester

Course objectives

The course examines the fundamental legal notions and principles of intellectual property (IP), focusing on copyright, trademarks, patents and trade secrets. The course provides a theoretical and practical understanding of IP law policy issues and licensing mechanisms. Through judicial and empirical examples, it illustrates how intellectual property rights (IPRs) affect social and economic development. It likewise discusses whether and to what extent intellectual property catalyses creativity and innovation. On completion of the course, students will know the basics of IP law and understand the role of IPRs in policy and practice.

Content summary

  • Intellectual Property law
  • Copyright
  • Trademarks
  • Patents
  • Trade secrets
  • IP licensing

Teaching methods

The course combines traditional classroom activities with experiential learning, in which the instructor will guide students through in-class exercises.


The main reference is the free textbook “Open Intellectual Property Casebook” by James Boyle & Jennifer Jenkins:
Additional but not compulsory readings may be provided during the course.