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Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (LLM/MSc)

Course Description

Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management is an advanced master's for lawyers, non-lawyers, and those with a degree in science of technology.

With the advent of globalisation and new media, there has been a flood of new information and technological innovation. The natural consequence has been an unprecedented number of legal questions about intellectual property, patent rights and industrial technology in an increasingly internationalised world.

The Advanced Masters Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (IPKM) feature specialisation tracks on international IP litigation practice, entrepreneurship and valorization, and claim drafting. In its common programme lawyers, economists, scientists and engineers mingle to deal with real-life problems in multidisciplinary teams.

Whether you enrol full or part-time, IPKM teaching is scheduled in a way that permits combining work and study. Intensive modules offered in Maastricht and abroad also offer exposure to USA and Asian IP law and practice. Our honours programme provides access to our work in the Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation (IGIR) and to the European IP Institutes Network (EIPIN) congresses and activities.

You will learn from resident and non-resident experts coming from:
private legal practice;
the judiciary;
patent agencies;
international and European organisations; and
entrepreneurship, IP management and valorisation practice.

The advanced master's programmes Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management are taught in English and are offered as a one-year, full time master’s or as a two-year, half time master’s that allows you to continue working while you study.
By special arrangement it is also possible to follow a number of courses as a contract student.

The Advanced Masters IPKM are fully accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).
The IPKM MSc is furthermore accredited by the European Patent Office (EPO) for EQE remission. IPKM is a member of the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN) and a founding member of the Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship Programme.

Programme information
The Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management advanced master’s programmes are designed to train graduates to work as legal practitioners or management in knowledge-intensive industries and research institutes. The programme is divided into three terms, which are spread over one or two years, depending on whether the student is full or half time.

During the first term, all students will learn the fundamentals of the law regarding knowledge valorisation and the protection of intellectual property. They receive in-depth instruction in the workings of the EU and US systems of intellectual property protection. They also learn the form and function of international organisations, such as:

World Intellectual Property Organisation
World Trade Organisation
European Patent Office

Students from both master's programmes follow the same programme structure into the second term, but with greater individual focus and more freedom to incorporate electives into the curriculum. During the third term, students will work on a master’s thesis.

The advanced master in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (LL.M.) is primarily aimed at lawyers and technology transfer officers wishing to advance their international career in cross-border litigation practice, legal services and knowledge management involving all fields of IP law.

A new specialisation track in 'Entrepreneurship, IP Management and Valorisation' is on offer from September 2012. This will be of interest to law and business graduates with an interest in technology-driven industries.

The advanced master in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (MSc.) The Advanced Master Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management MSc (IPKM) is aimed at graduates with a science or technical qualification (e.g. biology, chemistry, electronics, engineering, pharmacology, physics, etc.) wishing to become experts in the field of intellectual property, including the preparation to become a European Patent Agent. The MSc is recognized by the European Patent Office as enabling qualifying participants to obtain a reduction of six months in the professional training period for the European Qualifying Exam. Normally a period of three years of professional experience is required. This remission is of interest to persons with a prior degree in science and technology taking the (part-time two-year) IPKM MSc alongside their employment. The IPKM MSc is one of the few academic master programme on offer to have been awarded this status. The IPKM team will endeavor to maintain this annual accreditation for the years to come.

See www.epo.org/patents/learning for information.

Entry Requirements

All Candidates must:• demonstrate their proficiency in English. The following evidence of proficiency in English will be accepted:• a degree relating to an English-language bachelor's programme;• an IELTS certificate at a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no less than 6.5 in writing;• alternatively an overall score of 7 or higher;• an internet-based TOEFL certificate at a minimum overall score of 90 with no less than 23 in writing;• alternatively an overall score of 100 or highers;• a Cambridge certificate: CPE or CAE equivalent to the tests mentioned above.

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