Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Law is one of the subdivisions of Civil Law. It regulates relations in the area of origin, use and protection of intellectual property. Intellectual property is the set of exclusive rights of a person or legal entity on the results of creative or intellectual activity, or its methods of individualization such as company name, trademark or service mark. This intellectual activity must be intangible to be  a subject of Intellectual Property Law.

Intellectual property can be subdivided in two main categories - industrial property and copyright. Industrial property is everything related to industrial production - production models, trademarks, trade names. All this can belong to a legal entity.

Copyright covers works of art, scientific works, cinematography, music, and more. Copyright may belong to both legal entities and individuals.

Intellectual property law is taught in some universities specializing in law as a separate specialization of Civil Law. Study program in Intellectual Property Law lasts as long as usual Law study programs - from three to five years for undergraduate degrees and from one to two years for graduate degree. First years of education usually consist of basic courses in Civil Law, but then students will concentrate on the topic they are mostly interested in.

Several study programs in Intellectual Property Law can be found on our website, for example, MA in Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, Germany, Intellectual Property Law, Yeshiva University, USA, or  Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Law and Practice, University of Oxford,  UK. Use the Search button to find the best study  program for you.