European Business Law: Competing in Europe

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  • Trademarks as Essential Assets
    • The first module examines trademarks, one of the most valuable assets that a company actually has. It gives a brief description of the history of intellectual property law (IP) protection. The module considers the main sources of law, case law and pertinent trademark strategies. It also looks at how a proprietor can exercise their trademark rights in a useful way, successfully preventing a third party from using an identical or similar sign.
  • Defending Patents
    • The second module examines the role patents play in business transactions. It examines strategies and advantages/disadvantages of patent protection. The module looks into the substantive rules regarding the requirements for patent protection and how to obtain a patent. It introduces strategies to capitalize and possibilities to license rights to third parties. Finally, it discusses potential ways to misuse a patent.
  • Competition: Illegal Cooperation
    • The third module gives an overview of the European competition regime. Competition is a key element of an open market economy that stimulates European economic performance. The module describes the three core regulations pertinent to European competition law, including article 101 and 102 TFEU, as well as the European Merger Regulation. It considers how particular agreements or behaviour is anti-competitive and the four main aspects when establishing a breach of article 101 TFEU.
  • Competition: Abuse of Dominance and Mergers
    • The module examines article 102 TFEU, which prohibits the abuse of a dominant position within the internal market. It also provides an overview of secondary law and EU merger regulations. The module provides a brief history of merger regulations in the EU, the substantive elements and finally, the procedural rules in merger cases. The last three lectures provides practical aspects of competition law, looking at how the Commission carries out an investigation, its powers to reach a conclusion and to implement sanctions.
  • Selling to the State and State Aid
    • The fifth module addresses some of the key interactions taking place between law, politics and economics. It considers the role Public Procurement law plays within the EU and the main legal framework. It outlines the State aid control system and the procedural elements of the State aid assessment.
  • Legal Writing and Argumentation (optional)
    • The final module includes a series of lectures on how to create a legal argument and present it to a court. It focuses on universally applicable advocacy strategies, without regard to the particular legal system in which the learner practice or study. It includes classical rhetoric while also considering practical aspects of constructing a persuasive written argument. It concludes with a lecture on structuring an oral argument and its delivery.