Intellectual Property Law and Sustainable Innovation


The course aims to introduce students to the doctrinal and policy discussions revolving around the present and future of intellectual property laws. The overarching goal is to make students familiar with the main doctrinal and policy positions about IP and sustainability in all its main connotations (global/international, critical, private/managerial, and societal).

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Giulia Priora


Weekly - 3

Total - 36

Teaching language



Available soon


Excerpts from Ole Rognstad and Inger Orstavik, Intellectual Property and Sustainable Markets (Edward Elgar 2021);


Daniel Gervais (ed), The Future of Intellectual Property (Edward Elgar 2021);


Irene Calboli and Srividhya Ragavan, Diversity in Intellectual Property. Identities, Interests, and Intersections (Cambridge University Press 2015);


Graeme Dinwoodie (ed), Methods and Perspectives in Intellectual Property (Edward Elgar 2013).

Teaching method

Lectures; peer presentations; moderated class discussions.

Evaluation method

The assessment will be based either on class participation and a take-home essay assignment, or a final exam. Each option will count 100% of the final grade.


Students will have the possibility to receive part of their grade for their active class participation throughout the course and write an essay of maximum 3000 words (footnotes included) choosing between two given topics.

  • FINAL EXAM (100%)

Students will have the possibility to sit on a 2-hour-long, open-book, questions-based final exam.

All assignments and exams will be checked for plagiarism. Where this is detected, a fail grade will be awarded. Students who fail the exam will be offered the possibility to re-take it. Students with special needs (e.g., medical needs, visual impairments or disabilities, maternity needs) are encouraged to reach out to Prof. Giulia at the beginning of the course to arrange together a fitting assessment method.

Subject matter

Session 1: Introduction

Session 2: IP and sustainability

Session 3: Patent protection of vaccines

Session 4: Trade secrets protection of ecological industrial processes

Session 5: Trademarks of organic/bio products

Session 6: Copyright protection of educational contents

Session 7: Copyright protection of press information

Session 8: Class case law analysis

Session 9: Class case law analysis

Session 10: Class case law analysis

Session 11: Class case law analysis

Session 12: Q&A discussion