Intellectual Property Rights in an European Perspective

24th – 31st of July 2016

This summer ELSA Copenhagen’s annual ELSA Law School will take place and the subject will be ‘Intellectual Property Rights in a European Perspective’. The law school will take place from the 24th to the 31st of July 2016 and will be held in English. The target group of the law school is every European law student who wishes to use their law education across borders as well as to show their interest in a specific subject that reaches beyond their curriculum. It is also an opportunity to meet with other law students from Denmark and the rest of Europe. To participate there are no requirements of prior knowledge of Intellectual Property Rights needed.

The ELSA Law School will focus on the increasing globalisation and the effect this has on international trade and competition. Every company has to compete to be the best and it is therefore crucial to apply for patents, trademarks, industrial design protection and other intellectual property rights to avoid being left behind by competitors from close as well as distant parts of the world. A way for the European companies to survive the globalisation is their knowledge, know-how, inventions, inventiveness and creativity. The globalisation requires a set of common rules for intellectual property rights to ensure similar rights around the world.

The legislation of intellectual property and the enforcement for infringement is different in each country, even within the European Union Member States. There has been made international attempts to align the legislation and it has partly been achieved through international treaties and conventions such as the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, The European Patent Convention, but also the European Union has made legislation that harmonises the intellectual property rights through regulations and directives. All the common legislation has ensured certain common rules that make protection possible in more countries and the requirements for protection uniform, but enforcement is still regulated by national law.

Large companies often use a lot of resources protecting themselves against copies and exploitation of their work and characteristics, like their trademark or design. If a company has a trademark with a certain reputation and that trademark is used unlawfully or if it gets plagiarized and is of poorer quality than the original product, the company undeservedly risks bad publicity which can cause irreparable damage to their previously good brand.

The purpose of this law school is to analyse how the right-holders can best protect themselves against infringement of their rights such as copies of patent or copyright protected works, illegal use of trademark and how the intellectual property right is enforced in the case of misuse.

The law school will include classes and lectures with a possibility for the students to actively participate in discussions of the benefits and problems regarding Intellectual Property Rights. The first lecture will be an introduction to Intellectual Property Rights, including the purpose for the legal area and a short overview of each area within the topic. There will be several visits to some of the top law firms in Denmark, and each of them will have a certain topic that they will lecture about. It will also be possible to experience how intellectual property rights work at a practical level and outside the law firms, when we visit one of Denmark’s most important manufacturers of medicine, Novo Nordisk A/S. To achieve the highest academic level of the ELSA Law School we have carefully selected the lecturers among respected lawyers with many years of practice in the field of intellectual property.

Beside the academic program the law school will include a social program so the students can get to know each other and thereby hopefully have more fun and learn about different cultures. The social program will include a galla ball, a tour around our beautiful capital and other cultural events.

We look forward to seeing you all.