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About this Course This six-week course titled Competing in Europe is the third in a series of three exploring some of the main business aspects of European Union law. Besides providing learners with a sound knowledge base of European laws and regulations, the series explores business considerations within a broader perspective by including inputs from leading law practitioners in the field. More specifically, the third course discusses how to compete on the internal market and protect your brand, product or invention. It includes legal disciplines such as Intellectual Property law (IP law), Competition law and specific branches within Public law, such as public procurement and state aid. At the end of this course, you will have a basic understanding of how to: • Find and understand relevant laws and regulations governing the internal European Union market • Protect and defend a company’s products, brands and inventions by obtaining and licensing trademarks and patents • Create a competitive edge for a company and apply the basic principles of EU competition law • Construct and present a persuasive legal argument About the Series The Lund series in European Business Law ranges from considering the basic structures and principles of the European Union to focusing on specialized areas of European Union law. The first course, Understanding the Fundamentals, examines the core structures and principles of the European Union. The second course, Doing Business in Europe, examines legal areas such as Company law, Labour law, Tax law, Environmental law and Private International law, and how they tie in to doing business in Europe. All three courses can be taken independently or in sequence depending on your needs and preferences. To keep up to speed on the course series, visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/eblmooc/ Syllabus and Format Each course consists of a number of modules where one module represents about one week of work. A module includes a number of lectures and readings, and finishes with an assessment – a quiz or a peer graded assignment. The assessments are intended to encourage learning and ensure that you understand the material of the course. Participating in forum discussions is voluntary. Course I - Understanding the Fundamentals Module 1. Introduction Module 2. Legal Method and Sources Module 3. Constitutional Freedoms and Fundamental principles Module 4. Freedom of Movement Module 5. The External Dimension Course II - Doing Business in Europe Module 1. Making Business Transactions Module 2. Establishing a Company Module 3. Employing and Working in Europe Module 4. Paying Taxes and Complying with Environmental Standards Module 5. Case Clinic Module 6. Resolving Cross-border Disputes Course III - Competing in Europe Module 1. Obtaining Trademarks Module 2. Defending Patents Module 3. Competition: Illegal Agreements Module 4. Competition: Abuse of Dominance and Mergers Module 5. Advocacy and Legal Writing Module 6. Selling to the State and State Aid Lund University Lund University was founded in 1666 and has for a number of years been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 47 700 students and 7 500 staff based in Lund, Sweden. Lund University unites tradition with a modern, dynamic, and highly international profile. With eight different faculties and numerous research centers and specialized institutes, Lund is the strongest research university in Sweden and one of Scandinavia's largest institutions for education and research. The university annually attracts a large number of international students and offers a wide range of courses and programmes taught in English. The Faulty of Law is one of Lund University’s four original faculties, dating back to 1666. It is a modern faculty with an international profile, welcoming both international and Swedish students. Education, research and interaction with the surrounding community are the main focus of the Faculty’s work. The connection between the three is particularly apparent in the programmes and courses offered by the university, including the university’s MOOC course in European Business Law. The students get the chance to engross themselves in traditional legal studies, while interacting with both researchers and professionally active lawyers with qualifications and experience from various areas of law. The faculty offers three international Masters: two 2-year Master’s programmes in International Human Rights Law and European Business Law, and a 1-year Master’s in European and International Tax Law. Students from around 40 countries take part in the programmes which offer a unique subject specialization within each field, with highly qualified researchers and professional legal practitioners engaged in the teaching. The Master’s programme in European Business Law provides an in-depth understanding of both the practical and the theoretical aspects of business law within the European Union. The programme provides both general and specific knowledge of the European Union legal framework, which is necessary for students intending to work as legal advisors or business decision-makers. The programme is delivered in English and is open to students with at least a three year degree in Law (Bachelor, LL.B, or equivalent) who want to specialise in European economic and business law. The MOOC course in European Business Law is a great course to start with for students intending to apply for the Master’s programme in European Business Law. Even though the MOOC course does not grant credits previous knowledge of the subject is considered upon admission to the master’s programme. For more information about the Master’s programme in European Business Law see https://www.law.lu.se/#!meb...
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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. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 58 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Brand and Trademark Strategy5m
Trademark Law and Global Harmonization3m
Introducing European Trademark Law7m
Obtaining and managing EU Trademark Protection12m
Safeguarding EU Trademark Protection10m
A Practitioner's View- Kristina Fredlund12m
Reading7 readings
Course instructions10m
Synopsis10m
Brand and Trademark Strategy10m
Trademark Law and Global Harmonization10m
Introducing European Trademark Law10m
Obtaining and Managing EU Trademark Protection10m
Safeguarding EU Trademark Protection10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Trademarks as Essential Assets20m
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3 hours to complete

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. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 88 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
European Patent Protection12m
Protecting a Solution to a Problem11m
Capitalizing from your Patent13m
Antitrust Infringement and Patent Misuse16m
A Practitioners View- Maria Stenbäck18m
Reading5 readings
Patents as a Strategic Tool10m
European Patent Protection10m
Protecting a Solution to a Problem10m
Capitalizing your Patent10m
Antitrust Infringement and Patent Misuse10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Defending Patents20m
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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. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 44 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Why Competition Law?3m
Defining the Market3m
Anti-competitive behaviour Part I4m
Anti-competitive behaviour Part II12m
A Practitioners View- Marcus Glader15m
Reading5 readings
Introduction to European Competition Law10m
Why Competition Law?10m
Defining the Market10m
Anti-competitive Behaviour Part I10m
Anti-competitive Behaviour Part II10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Competition: Illegal Cooperation20m
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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. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 55 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Merging Businesses10m
Competition Procedure8m
Inquiries and Investigations by the Commission4m
Penalties and Sanctions4m
A Practitioners View- Marcus Glader21m
Reading5 readings
Abusing a Dominant Position10m
Merging Businesses10m
Competition Procedure10m
Inquiries and Investigation by the Commission10m
Penalties and Sanctions10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Competition: Abuse of Dominance and Mergers20m
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By MSJan 23rd 2017

Although this version was much easier than the first edition, it was much easier to follow and provides a much more solid foundation for those new to the subject.

By LHMay 9th 2017

This is the good course to understand in brief on patent, procurement, and competition.

Instructors

Hans Henrik Lidgard

Senior Professor
Faculty of Law

Xavier Groussot

Pro Dean and Professor
Faculty of Law

Julian Nowag

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law

Jörgen Hettne

Associate Professor

Justin Pierce

Doctoral student

Magnus Schmauch

Lecturer
Faculty of Law

Ulf Maunsbach

Associate Professor
Faculty of Law

About Lund University

Lund University was founded in 1666 and has for a number of years been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 47 700 students and 7 500 staff based in Lund, Sweden. Lund University unites tradition with a modern, dynamic, and highly international profile. With eight different faculties and numerous research centres and specialized institutes, Lund is the strongest research university in Sweden and one of Scandinavia's largest institutions for education and research. The university annually attracts a large number of international students and offers a wide range of courses and programmes taught in English. ...

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  • At the end of this course, you will have a basic understanding of how to:

    • Find and understand relevant laws and regulations governing the internal European Union market

    • Protect and defend a company’s products, brands and inventions by obtaining and licensing trademarks and patents

    • Create a competitive edge for a company and apply the basic principles of EU competition law

    • Construct and present a persuasive legal argument

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