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Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2013/14
01PQUPH
Innovation and International Transactions law
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Engineering And Management - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Mantelero Alessandro ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 IUS/01 70 0 0 0 5
SSD CFU Activities Area context
IUS/01 8 C - Affini o integrative A11
Subject fundamentals
The course focuses on two complementary fields: innovation and international transactions law. Innovation and technology represent a driving factor of our society and economy, nevertheless it is necessary to regulate innovation in order to protect investments in new technologies, to guarantee a democratic and non-offensive
use of technology and to make agreements in order to transfer the results of innovation and the related products or services.
From this perspective, the course is mainly designed to give students without a legal background a general introduction and an orientation on the protection of innovation and the related international agreements.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
None.
Contents
After a preliminary introduction of the program and its objectives, the course will start with a general overview of the main principles of international contracts (e.g., choice of law, dispute resolution, enforcement), how those issues are addressed in the business practice and in the international (and domestic) regulations and how a cross-border transaction is negotiated and conducted in the real world. Students will also be analyzing examples of actual contracts (e.g., international sale, international agency).
The course will then explore the main and basic legal aspects concerning the protection of innovation through the legislation on Intellectual Property (IP). Therefore, a part of the course will be focused on providing a general overview on the fields of Intellectual Property protection, with particular reference to the rights (IPRs) connected with the innovation (patents, trade secrets, industrial design, computer programs,
etc.).
A specific section aimed at examining international agreements connected to the transfer of technology (license and assignment included) will follow. In addition, will be examined contracts concerning the exploitation of distinctive signs and the promotion and commercialisation of products/services incorporating IPRs (e.g., franchising, merchandising, distribution).
The purpose is to give students the opportunity to be exposed to commonly encountered transaction types and know the basic regulatory principles in which these transactions are conducted. Due to the fact that these transactions are increasingly made in the context of the digital economy, the last part of the course will focus
on the e-commerce regulation and explore the legal issues of data economy.
With regard to e-commerce, the course aims to provide the student with a general overview of the EU regulation, its application and ongoing reform, while regarding the data economy, after a brief introduction on the origin of data protection, the analysis will focus on data protection regulation and on the circulation of personal data. In the light of this, the role played by data subjectís consent and contractual agreements for
data processing and data transfer will be discussed.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Materials uploaded on PORTALE DELLA DIDATTICA
Assessment and grading criteria
The course includes a final written exam (with a duration of 90 minutes), divided into four open questions, focused on the sections of the course.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2018/19
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