Intellectual property and competition law [Cognomi M-Z] (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Marta Bellini
Marta Bellini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 15, 2021 al May 29, 2021.

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide students with the most important principles of the intellectual property law and of the law governing firms in the marketplace. A specific focus will be given to the most relevant regulations for commerce, also at the European and international levels. At the end of the course the students will have acquired the essential tools of the mentioned disciplines and the ability to apply them in both domestic and cross-border entrepreneurial operations.


The program aims to address the relevant legal institutions of industrial and competition law, both by deepening the scope of distinctive signs, and in order to provide an exhaustive picture of the rules governing the business strategies of the company and of competition. In summary, the topics covered will be the following:
- Unfair competition: cases and sanctions. Unfair Business Practices.
- Distinctive signs: The trademark: concept, function and validity requirements.
- The trademark: use, violation and protection of the right. European trademark and unregistered trademark.
- The company and other distinctive signs.
- Antitrust law: community and national legislation. Content and abuse.
- Unfair competition in the civil code.
In addition to the reference standards of the Civil Code, as well as the European Union regulations.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Auteri -Floridia Diritto industriale. Proprietà intellettuale e concorrenza (Edizione 6) Giappichelli 2020
Vanzetti - Di Cataldo Manuale di Diritto Industriale (Edizione 8) Giuffrè Editore 2018

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be in written form. The questions are aimed at verifying knowledge of the basic notions of industrial and competition law and of the existing forms of protection.