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The Impact of Foreign Economic Sanctions on Commercial Contracts

Fonotova O., Ukolova M.

Вестник Санкт-Петербургского университета. Серия 14. Право. 2022. Vol. 13. No. 4. P. 963-974.

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Digital financial assets and digital currency: legal nature and legal regulation of turnover

Bashilov B. I., Galkina M. V., Berman A.

In bk.: III International Scientific and Practical Conference “Modern Management Trends and the Digital Economy: from Regional Development to Global Economic Growth” (MTDE 2021). Vol. 106. SHS Web of Conferences, 2021. Ch. 02005. P. 1-6.

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Fogelson Y. B., Poldnikov D.

Law. LAW. Высшая школа экономики, 2021. No. WP BRP 98/LAW/2021.

International Intellectual Property Law

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Elective course
1 year, 3 module


Буранова Елена Михайловна

Буранова Елена Михайловна

Fridman, Veronika

Fridman, Veronika

Course Syllabus


Intellectual property plays a huge role in the modern economy in the current information age. It is one of the key ingredients of the sustained economic growth, promotion of innovation and technologies. Each country has its own intellectual property protection system including such main types of intellectual property rights as Utility Models and Patents (for inventions), Trademarks, Industrial Designs, Trade Secrets and Copyright and Related or Neighboring Rights. However, the development of a more and more internationally oriented flow of technology and the increase of international trade require international regulation of IP rights in order to provide uniform standards of IP protection and harmonization of IP laws worldwide. This process started in 19th century when first international conventions in the sphere were adopted. In 1967 the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was established with the mission to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all countries and also to shape balanced international IP rules for a changing world. Nowadays, there are hundreds of international treaties administered by the WIPO. They contain intellectual regulation of IP rights, which is so important for each lawyer practicing in the sphere of Private International Law.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim of the course is to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the international regulatory framework of the global intellectual property protection system, covering copyright, related rights, patents, trademarks, confidential information (know-how), enforcement of IP rights and international commercial transactions with IP. A special emphasis is put on the World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization standards, and recent developments in EU and EEU law.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students must gain knowledge on: general standards of IP protection under WIPO, WTO, EU and EEU Law; enforcement of IP rights in global prospective; drafting international commercial transactions with IP component.
  • Skills and abilities: to use specific terms and sources of the global IP Law and Regulation; practical abilities of research, analysis of WIPO, WTO, EU and EEU legal documentation and scientific works; skills to analyze and solve cases, building up of the legal position and composition of procedural documents on cases in the sphere of International IP Law and Regulation.
  • tudents should gain the following competences: ability to work with information (search, evaluate, use information, necessary for fulfilment of academic and professional tasks, from various sources, including application of the systematic approach); ability to carry out professional activities in the international environment;
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Subject-matter, basic principles and sources of International IP Law and Regulation
    Role of IP rights in modern information society. Innovation, technologies, economic growth and intellectual property. System of IP rights. IP rights as property rights v. sui generis “exclusive” rights. Basic principles of International IP Law and Regulation: territoriality principle, principle of national treatment, first sale exhaustion principle and others. IP and human rights (freedom of expression, protection of personal data). Sources of IP Law and Regulation: national legislation, universal and regional international treaties. Regulatory role of the World Intellectual Property Organization, the World Trade Organization, the European Union, the Eurasian Economic Union and other international organizations.
  • History and recent developments in International IP Law and Regulation
    Historical development of Intellectual Property Law and Regulation. International copyright and industrial property law harmonization (Berne, Paris, Madrid Conventions). Establishment of the World Intellectual Property Organization: its role, functions, treaties administered by the WIPO. The World Trade Organization and TRIPS Agreement. Regional protection of IP (EU, EAEU). Recent trends in the International IP system.
  • International copyright law
    The process of internationalization of copyright law. The norms of the International copyright law. Berne, Universal copyright conventions, WIPO copyright treaty, TRIPS Agreement. Regional systems of copyright protection: EU and EAEU. Subject matter of copyright: international standards. Authorship and Ownership. Term of protection. Economic and Moral rights. Exemptions and limitations of copyrights.
  • International regulation of related rights
    International regulation of neighboring rights. Rome Convention, Geneva Phonograms Convention, WIPO performances and phonograms treaty, Brussels Satellite Convention, TRIPS agreement, Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances. Regional protection of neighboring rights (EU and EEU). Subject matter of neighboring rights: international standards. Authorship and Ownership. Term of protection. Exemptions and limitations of neighboring rights.
  • International regulation of industrial property
    Scope and sources of international industrial property protection. Paris Convention, Madrid Agreement, Patent cooperation treaty, Eurasian Patent convention, European patent convention, TRIPS Agreement. International patent law. International registration of patents, patentability requirements, scope of patent protection, compulsory licenses, limitations of patent rights. International trademark law. International registration of trademarks, regional trademarks, international trademark classification, first sale exhaustion rules and parallel imports, well-known trademarks. International protection of trade secrets.
  • Regulation of intellectual property protection in Internet
    Internet functioning, internet players and debates on internet regulation. Challenges for IP protection in cyber space. WIPO internet treaties, EU Directive on the harmonization of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society, Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Russian Anti-Piracy regulations. Private International Law issues: applicable law and jurisdiction. Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and WIPO center for arbitration and mediation. Intermediary liability for copyright infringements.
  • International commercial transactions with intellectual property rights
    Acquisitions and divestitures of IP and technology assets: Private International Law issues International joint ventures and joint development arrangements. Licensing and technology transactions, research and development agreements: applicable law and dispute resolution. IP due diligence in international perspective.
  • Enforcement of Intellectual Property in global perspective
    International system of IP enforcement. Fair and Equitable Procedures. Civil law remedies: injunctions, statutory damages, damages, evidence, right of information, indemnification of the defendant. Administrative measures: customs control measures, administrative procedures and penalties. Criminal law sanctions: criminal procedures and penalties, criminal remedies (imprisonment, monetary fines, seizure, forfeiture and destruction of the infringing goods). Provisional measures under TRIPS Agreement.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking presentations at the seminar devoted to discussion of case studies
    (group up to 3 people or individual)
  • non-blocking Test (online)
    at LMS platform (up to 10 multiple choice questions and 3 questions that require detailed answer), duration — 2 hours, stable Internet connection required. No video or audio requirements.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.5 * presentations at the seminar devoted to discussion of case studies + 0.5 * Test (online)


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan. (2016). The Protection of Intellectual Property in International Law. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2245884
  • Pila, J. (2017). The Subject Matter of Intellectual Property. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2015210

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Carlos Correa, & Jorge E. Viñuales. (2016). Intellectual Property Rights as Protected Investments: How Open are the Gates? Journal of International Economic Law, (1), 91. https://doi.org/10.1093/jiel/jgw005
  • Caso, R., & Giovanella, F. (2015). Balancing Copyright Law in the Digital Age : Comparative Perspectives. Heidelberg [Germany]: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=909908