Introduction

The LL.M. in intellectual property law provides a wide-ranging and focused knowledge of the IP theory and practice. Besides the onsite teaching, video conferencing, e-learning and distance learning activities are being used.

The 21st century marks a new era as our economies increasingly rely on knowledge-based production processes and services. Consequently, the institutions responsible for education and research in the field of intellectual property law in Europe must provide appropriate training for staff from the respective professional environments to acquire or reinforce their ability to initiate, control, protect, exploit and increase the value of intangible assets.

The knowledge-based economy integrates research and development activities, innovation, industrialization and the marketing of products and services including intangible assets and completely changes the enterprise management. It creates new professions specialized in dealing with intangible assets: this branch of law attracts consultants and intellectual property experts from among managers, jurists and lawyers.

Every innovation process generated by new economic activities assumes the intervention of the law, the installation of tools and structures for developing or planning in order to control the intangible assets and to optimize their valorization.

The studies were established within the Tempus project 144582-2008.