Law - Political Science - Administration


Intellectual property law
  • Targeted level of study

    BAC +5

  • ECTS

    120 credits

  • Duration

    2 years

  • Training structure

    Faculty of Law and Political Science


Mention Intellectual Property Law

  • Master's degree in Intellectual Property and Digital Law
    Course Director: Agnès Robin
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This Master's program is designed for anyone with a passion for creation and communication, and who wants to understand the legal issues and mechanisms involved.

It is the act of creation, as well as the fruit of this act, that are at the heart of the issues addressed by the Intellectual Property and Digital Law Master's program.

The object of the law is intellectual creation, and the mechanisms used to apprehend it are those of intellectual property law, conceived as a special law nevertheless articulated with the principles of common law (liability law, special contract law, property law, etc.). What matters is creation, whether classic or of a new kind: transformative creations, musical or olfactory trademarks, plant breeders' rights, commercial "tricks", etc. - creation confronted with contemporary questions and challenges: online dissemination of hate content, illegal downloading, filtering and net neutrality, collaborative platforms, open data, open innovation, open source, etc.


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The Master's degree takes place over two years and 4 semesters, during which a number of skills are acquired:



The teaching approach is therefore cross-disciplinary, covering all areas of intellectual property . It covers

  • copyright,
  • performers' rights,
  • design rights,
  • patent law,
  • trademark law,
  • plant variety rights,
  • and finally database law.

This approach is linked to a practical reality which shows that a legal situation is rarely confined to one of the fields of intellectual property. We are witnessing the necessary cross-fertilizations that require the specialized lawyer to master the interplay of mechanisms. It would be inconceivable, for example, to analyze a case in the field of design or ready-to-wear clothing, without at the same time invoking copyright, design law and trademark law.


The training philosophy is, moreover, global in the age of dematerialization: for example, genetic resources are just as much a part of digital databases as museum works, which can then be circulated via communication networks...

Intellectual property law is now necessarily and intimately linked to information and communication technology (ICT) law, or digital law. Digital libraries and open science projects are concrete examples of this. Beyond this, it is the dissemination of information that is also the focus of attention, both in terms of liability (especially for technical service providers) and personal data protection.



Finally, as an intangible object, intellectual creation has a ubiquitous dimension, reinforced by the digital revolution, which makes the application of national (or territorial) rules complex, and therefore requires knowledge of the rules of public and private international law. The specialized lawyer is therefore also confronted with the international dimension of intellectual property, and must, in particular, master the Community sources of the European Union.

  • Is trademark infringement on the Internet via an online sales site or e-commerce platform accessible from France governed by French law or by another law?
  • Which court has jurisdiction when the offence is multi-localized?

All these issues justify the course's emphasis on international law and the procedural aspects of intellectual property law.


Calendar of the year

► Sept.1 to Oct.1: on-the-job training

► October1 to December 15: academic training
(Intellectual property practice, intellectual property contracts, European and international intellectual property law, substantive and procedural infringement law, pix + IT)

► December 16 to January 14: on-the-job training

► January 17 to March 31: academic training
(Innovation management and strategy, online communication law, online business law, IP/IT law, tutored project).

► April1 to August 31: on-the-job training



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Master of Intellectual Property and Digital Law

Here, no chapel, no "religious war": patent versus copyright or copyright versus copyright... It is creation that matters, classic creations or creations of a new kind: transgenic animals and "chimeras", opera or multimedia creations, musical brands, olfactory brands, plant varieties as commercial "tricks"... - creation confronted with contemporary questions and challenges: the Internet, digital creations, research valorization... With teachers from the University, the CNRS, the Bar or the business world, from France and elsewhere.

The teaching approach is thus always global and transversal at a time of dematerialization of media: for example, genetic resources are as much as museum works destined to be integrated and circulated within digital databases... Intellectual property law is therefore now necessarily and intimately linked to communication law.

Initially a Research Master's degree, and after having combined the two courses (research/pro) for three years, the Master 2 "Intellectual Property Law and ICT" is now transformed into a Pro Master's degree. The emphasis will thus be placed even more on the development of partnerships with practitioners of intellectual property law (lawyers, companies, institutions, collective management societies, research establishments, etc.) and communication law (communication and software companies, Internet rights forum, etc.)

This transformation does not call into question our desire to reconcile theoretical reflection and practical application which, as always in most of our legal disciplines, are mutually enriching. The conciliation of the two approaches leaves, moreover, the possibility for our students to pursue, if they wish and provided they have the necessary qualities, a research work in the form of a thesis. In order to give them the opportunity to demonstrate their research skills, each student will be required to write a research paper.

And, in order to give them the chance to enter the world of work, students will have the opportunity to complete a three-month internship with a partner of the program or of their choice, provided that the internship is focused on intellectual property and/or communication law issues.

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