Advanced Master in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management

Maastricht University, Faculty of Law

Program Description

Advanced Master in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management

Maastricht University, Faculty of Law

Advanced MSc/LLM in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management

Taught in English

Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Managementisan advanced master'sfor 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.


To meet this demand, the Faculty of Law launched the complementary master’s programmes in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management in September 2009.

You will learn from resident and non-resident experts coming from:

  • academia;
  • 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 Managementare 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.

Quality

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)

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 bothmaster's programmesfollow 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 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.

Fast Facts

  • Programme: Advanced Master in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years half time
  • Start date: September
  • Study load per week: 8 hrs classes; 32 hrs individual study. Total: 40 hours
  • Learning method: problem-based learning; (guest) lectures; presentations; assignments; paper
  • Assessment method: written and oral exams; final papers; group participation
  • MSc track accredited by the European Patent Office for EQE remission

Admission Requirements

All Candidates must:


• demonstrate their proficiency in English by submitting the results of either the TOEFL or the IELTS test (IELTS score of 6.5; TOEFL233 computer based, 575 paper-based 90 internet-based.

Candidates for admission to the LLM degree must:


• have a recognized bachelor degree in law or related fields such as economics, political science or international relations, all with demonstrable knowledge of intellectual property law or knowledge management;
• have a 2.1 (upper second) degree or an equivalent good to very good degree; or
• have a recognized master degree in law or related fields such as economics, political science or international relations. Demonstrable knowledge of intellectual property law or knowledge management will be considered favourably.

Candidates for admission to the MSc degree must:


• have a recognized bachelor degree in science or technology (or equivalent), all with demonstrable knowledge of intellectual property law or knowledge management;
• have a 2.1 (upper second) degree or an equivalent good to very good degree; or
• have a recognized master degree in science or technology (or equivalent). Demonstrable knowledge of intellectual property law or knowledge management will be considered favourably.

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