Course code INN410

INN410 Intellectual Property Rights (PhD course)

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Course responsible: Joachim Scholderer
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in the January block. This course has teaching in the January block and evaluation in the Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2017H
Preferential right:
Course contents:

Successful commercialisation of R&D is the lifeblood of a knowledge-based economy. Intellectual property rights play a key role in this, enabling innovators to protect the commercial value of their R&D and to defend it against infringement by competitors. The course will consist of five parts:

  • The role of IP in the innovation process (realising the value of your own research, role of the university and the TTO, venture capital),
  • Introduction to IP law (patents, trademarks, designs, copyright) and relevant neighbouring legislation (trade secrets),
  • The patent system (patentability requirements, the patenting process, patent infringement and litigation, maintenance, jurisdictions and fees),
  • IP analytics (EPO and USPTO search tools, patent valuation),
  • IP management and strategy (sales and licensing strategies, aligning IP protection with overall business strategy).  

An important aim of the course is to encourage participants to think about the commercialisation potential of their own research (or an R&D project they are affiliated with). Preferably, the project assignment should focus on potential results of participants¿ own research, evaluating options for IP protection and developing an initial IP strategy.

Learning outcome:


  • Know the functions of different IP rights and be able to distinguish them
  • Understand the requirements and processes involved in the patenting of a technical solution
  • Know how IP has to be defended against infringement
  • Know the strengths and weaknesses of different IP strategies
  • Know how to use IP search tools to identify prior art and alternative solutions


  • Be able to conduct an initial assessment of the patentability of a technical solution
  • Be able to conduct a basic evaluation of different IP strategies and make a choice between them

General competence:

  • General ability to understand the value of research from a commercial perspective
  • General competence in interdisciplinary teamwork 
  • Basic competence in the evaluation of the commercial potential of research results
Learning activities:
Lectures, guest lectures by legal experts and innovators, case studies, IP analytics tutorials.
Teaching support:
Supervision of project groups.
Detailed readings will be announced on the Canvas page of the course in the beginning of the semester.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
The project assignment will count 100% of the grade. 
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Type of course:
30 hours of lectures, case studies and tutorials, plus supervision of group assignment.
The course will be given in English if there are one or more international students. Incoming students can contact student advisors at the School of Economics and Business ( for admission to the course.
External examinator will control the quality of syllabus, questions for the final examination, and principles for assessment. 
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått