The program delivers comprehensive knowledge on the legal protection and commercial exploitation of new technologies. New technologies create new opportunities in life and science and build bridges between people from different countries and cultures. They also pose serious challenges, especially for the intellectual property law. The program offers an extensive curriculum on the intellectual property law related to new technologies, considered from an international perspective. It adopts a comparative approach to IP regulations, with EU law serving as a main point of reference.
The program is developed in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Its main focus is on the following issues: new technologies and patent law; copyright in the digital era; commercial communication in the context of trade marks, designs and unfair competition; data protection, privacy and personal rights on the Internet; Internet service providers’ liability; and more.
The program takes advantage of new technologies. Its first, non-residential semester is realized online, through a state-of-the-art e-learning platform. The remaining two residential semesters, which take place in Kraków, combine traditional lectures and seminars with e-learning. Detailed information on www.ip.uj.edu.pl.
Graduates of the program are well-prepared for working in international and domestic corporations and institutions active in the area of new technologies, or in non-governmental organizations. Their knowledge and competences may be of special value to those entrepreneurs and legal firms which operate in the demanding new technologies markets. Students may continue their education in Poland and/or abroad.
The Intellectual Property Rights Chair of provides also the opportunity to apply for doctoral programs at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University.
Requirements of 26 ECTS points
Distance Learning courses, 6 ECTS:
Patent Law (including WIPO DL-301 Patents)
Trademark law and allied rights (including WIPO DL-302 Trademarks, Industrial Designs, and Geographical Indications)
Copyright Law (including WIPO DL-201 Copyright and Related Rights)
Distance Learning courses, 4 ECTS:
Introduction to EU Law
New technologies, Ethical, Social and Legal perspective
On-line training on work safety regulation
Requirements of 35 ECTS points
Courses delivered in phase two will be divided into two categories:
main obligatory courses
specialized courses delivered for working groups or in ‘master-follower’ formula
Designed in form of 10 session course with a total number of 30 hours, 17 ECTS in total
New technologies and patents, 5 ECTS
Copyright in the digital age, 5 ECTS
Commercial communication, 5 ECTS
English in IP matters, 2 ECTS
Specialized facultative courses. At least 6 courses (18 ECTS points) required from the list announced in the academic year:
Resolving IP and Technology Disputes through Mediation and Arbitration, 3 ECTS
Digital content, 3 ECTS
Privacy and personal rights on the Internet, 3 ECTS
ISPs liability, 3 ECTS
Protection and licensing of software, databases and computer games, 3 ECTS
Infringements of IPRs in the field of new technologies, 3 ECTS
Jurisdiction and choice of law on the Internet, 3 ECTS
IP overlaps, 3 ECTS
Future law for next technologies, 3 ECTS
Patents, Access to Medicines and Human Rights, 3 ECTS
Designed in the form of 3-6 sessions.
Phase two includes a study visit to The Polish Patent Office including specialized training on:
Drafting and amendment of patent documents, specifications, and claims
Online search, drafting and filing tools
Requirements of 30 ECTS points
Phase three is organized in both online and residential formula with accompanied obligatory 1-month internship "offered by the Programme or, after approval, arranged by a student.
To complete the third semester, students need to prepare a written master thesis or meeting requirements provided by the supervisor as well as pass the oral Master’s exam.
Students are supported by the master thesis advisors in their research work, collecting information from relevant sources and respond and provide other required help during one of the following seminars:
Patents and new technologies
Copyright and new technologies
Trademarks and design
Teaching staff with participation of WIPO experts
The learning experience will be enhanced and inspired by experienced academics from the Faculty of Law and Administration, mainly Intellectual Property Chair of Jagiellonian University in Krakow, experts from WIPO, the Polish Patent Office and leading research centers specializing in IP in new technologies, as well as practitioners with high expertise in the field of new technologies.
In the 2019-2020 academic year, the following WIPO experts provided Program’s courses:
Professor Ansgar Ohly (Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich)
Professor Duncan Matthews (Queen Mary School of Law)
Professor Aurelio Lopez-Tarruella (University of Alicante)
The Jagiellonian University in Krakow
Join us at Jagiellonian University, the best and the most prestigious university in Poland, with a very rich tradition of academic excellence that dates back to the fourteenth century.
Live and study at the academic heart of Central Europe, the home of excellent researchers in many disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, medicine, mathematics, and natural sciences. The University has many international partners, and our students benefit from various forms of study exchange, shared virtual classrooms, visits of guest professors, and many other aspects of international co-operation. The Faculty of International and Political Studies, which will be your home department, is widely recognized for its research on areas and countries, politics, international relations, and intercultural studies.
The program of high expertise in intellectual property law is available to law and non-law graduates who have a relevant professional interest in the field.
Prospective applicants are required to:
hold at least a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university;
be fluent in English which will be assessed through a recognized English proficiency test and interview (candidates from the English-speaking countries are exempt from the language requirement).
Additional points will be awarded to candidates holding a Master’s/Bachelor’s degree in law, economics, business administration or other related fields.
The application fee is 100 PLN.
Polish citizens: 2500 EUR for the first year and 1000 EUR for last semester (3500 EUR/program)
Foreigners: 5000 EUR for the first year and 2000 EUR for last semester (7000 EUR/program)
Tuition is paid in the amount for one semester. Candidates admitted to the first year are obliged to pay the first installment no later than within 7 days from enrollment.