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Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property in collaboration with WIPO

Course content

The LL.M. in Intellectual Property is designed in parthership with the World Intellectual Property Organization for participants to acquire the skills needed to play a leading role in intellectual property rights (IPR) practice and teaching through exposure to an international and comparative approach.
The curriculum aims to provide an in-depth examination of the classical topics of IP law, as well as specialized analysis of the latest developments in the fields of patents, industrial design, integrated circuits, trademarks, domain names, copyright and related rights, biotechnological patents and plant varieties as well as the internet, software, databases and e-commerce.

The LL.M. is structured in three different phases stretching over 9 months, from June 2013 to February 2014.

The first phase - Distant learning
This initial stage provides the participants with a preliminary and homogeneous background. Three distance learning modules are offered from the beginning of June to the end of August. They are based on the successfully tested WIPO Academy “General Course on Intellectual Property” (DL-101), “IP and Electronic Commerce” (DL-202) and “Copyright and Related Rights”
(DL-203). The DL-101 has an online examination while the advanced courses will require of a written exam.

The second phase - residential part
It offers face-to-face classroom teaching, held at the International Training Centre of the ILO, in Torino from September to December.
Building on an introductory review of economic analysis of law, this phase analyzes IP protection both at a national and international level. Lectures will be offered by professors and tutors as well as IP experts. Participants will be required to make seminar-presentations. This provides for active interaction and participation among the students, tutors and the professors. Class teaching will be complemented by case-study sessions, experiments in legal drafting and submission of a first draft of a research paper. Three intermediate exams will be held during this phase of the program. The exam at the beginning of the second phase is intended to assess the level of knowledge attained by students during the first phase.

The third phase - submission of the thesis
This section stretches from December to February. Each participant will be required to submit the final version of the research paper initially presented during the second phase. Submission and grading of the final research will conclude the program.

A Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Intellectual Property will be awarded upon successful completion and fulfilment of the requirements of the program.
Study visits to IP offices in Torino and to other institutions, such as WIPO in Geneva (5 days) will be organized during the residentialphase of the Program. A number of participants, selected by the Scientific Committee of the Master's Program, will take part in an internship program at WIPO and in/or other public and private organizations, such as law firms and corporations active in the field of IP.

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