Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property


Submission of applications
Not offered as an individual program.


Duration: 15 months.
Full-time study.


Study in Alberto Aguilera, 23


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Credits 60 ECTS
Spanish

The program leads to the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property from Comillas Pontifical University (List of Official Degrees published in the Region of Madrid's Official Gazette (BOCM), of March 30, 2007), in accordance with the contents of Chapter II of Royal Decree 56/2005, of January 21, whereby official postgraduate university studies are regulated.

The study proposal is backed, on the one hand, by the excellent academic and professional results from the previous thirteen generations of graduates (the University's Master's program and Advanced Program in Intellectual Property), and, on the other, by the confidence placed in an Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property that caters to the current legal requirements, as well as the adaptation of their academic content to the European Higher Education Area regulations.

Seeking to offer a modern academic approach through specific training, the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property's consolidation is endorsed by the participation of some of the main management and law firms and companies, which collaborate by awarding grants and hosting internships as part of the agreements in place, and by encouraging and fostering professionalism and expertise in this field of Law.


Who is it intended for?

The students admitted to the postgraduate program in previous academic years (Official Master's Degree and Advanced Program in Intellectual Property) have displayed a high academic and curricular level, generating a qualitative and progressive improvement of the course of study.

The selection process is paramount to maintain the quality of the postgraduate-level teaching of the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property. The scope of protection and specialization concerning intellectual property (based on the legal and economic content, the presence of new technologies on the subject of intellectual property) means that the students are now expected meet the following academic profile:

  • Law Graduates;
  • Holders of a Licentiate Degree in Business Administration and Management;
  • Or advanced university degree holders in Industrial Engineering and IT.

Another important part of the selection process is to meet other academic and professional requirements and qualifications as well as knowledge of another language.

Submission of applications:

See admission application filing period for the Official Master's Degree for Admission to the Bar + Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property.

Information notice on the documents to be submitted

Campus:

Faculty of Law, Center for Legal Innovation in Law CID - ICADE, Alberto Aguilera 23.

Duration:

One academic year (October-July).

60 ECTS (600 face-to-face class hours).

Course times:

Monday, 10.00 - 14.00 and 17.00 - 21.00

Tuesday, 10.00 - 14.00

Fees:

The fee for the Master's program is EUR 12,850. The total Master's fees may be divided into 8 installments.

If you are an alumni, you are entitled to 10% discount to be applied to your last installment.

Our Master's program envisages the possibility of applying for grants.

Any Mexican students admitted onto our Master's program whose studies are funded by FIDERH will receive a scholarship from Comillas equivalent to 10% of the total fees of the course of study in which they are enrolled.

Classes begin on:

October 2016.

Overview:

  • Director of the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property
    Isabel Fernández-Gil Viega.
  • Coordinator of the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property
    Ana Vizcarra Padilla.
    Alberto Aguilera 23, Center for Legal Innovation in Law (CID-ICADE).
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 915422800, extension 4660.

Tables showing Academic Result Rates relating to the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property (MUPI) from Comillas Pontifical University (ICAI-ICADE): Graduation rate/Dropout rate/Efficiency rate/Performance rate

GRADUATION RATE 98.6%
DROPOUT RATE 1.4%
EFFICIENCY RATE 99.7 %

These data refer to the five generations of graduates of the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property (MUPI) who have studied this program so far, i.e. 2007/2008, 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2010/2011 and 2011/2012; moreover, almost all students of each of the generations completed the course of study established in the curriculum within the Master's program's academic regulations.

As for the Performance Rate of the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property, the result of the calculation performed as set out in the rules is as follows:

GENERATIONS OF THE OFFICIAL MASTER'S DEGREE IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (MUPI)PERFORMANCE RATE
2007/2008 100%
2008/2009 100%
2009/2010 100%
2010/2011 99%
2011/2012 100%
ALL GENERATIONS 99.7%

Overall evaluation of the quality and management of the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property.

OVERALL EVALUATION OF THE QUALITY AND MANAGEMENT OF THE OFFICIAL MASTER'S DEGREE IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (MUPI)
JULY 2011
QUESTIONSOVERALL SCORE
1. How do you rate the way in which the Master's Degree program is run and organized? 9.60
2. Is there sufficient planning behind the subjects' curricula, timetables, human resources and necessary materials? 9.20
3. To what extent have the subjects' curricula been covered? 9.20
4. What do you think about the level of coordination between the subjects? Have any potential course overlappings or gaps been avoided? 9.13
5. Are the subjects' programs available? 8.93
6. Are the evaluation criteria clear and appropriate for the programs proposed? 8.93
7. How would you rate the planning behind the in-company internship? 9.43
8. Are you satisfied with the quality of the teaching? 9.40
9. To what extend have you been able to contact the lecturers? 9.07
10. To what extend have you been able to make suggestions to the Master's program directors or coordinators? 9.73
11. How would you rate the tutorials you have had? 9.67
12. How would you rate the interaction with the Master's program Registry staff? 9.40
13. To what extent do you think that the bibliographical sources held in the Library are sufficient for your studies? 8.07
14. What is your opinion of the University's IT resources, classroom computers and relevance of the software employed? 8.53
15. How would you rate the facilities where the Master's program was taught (classrooms, meeting rooms, accessibility)? 9.40
16. To what extent are you receiving help with finding employment? 9.67
17. How do you rate the sports activities that you have been offered? 7.80
18. How about the non-academic activities? 8.07
19. How do you rate the Cafeteria and Dining Services? 8.00
20. Are you satisfied with the level of qualification and training that you have attained? 9.60
21. Would you recommend the Master's program to your friends and acquaintances? 9.53

Evaluación global sobre calidad y gestión de Máster Universitario en Propiedad Intelectual (MUPI) realizada por los almunos julio 2011

OVERALL EVALUATION OF THE QUALITY AND MANAGEMENT OF THE OFFICIAL MASTER'S DEGREE IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (MUPI) CARRIED OUT BY THE STUDENTS
JULY 2012
QUESTIONSOVERALL SCORE
1. How do you rate the way in which the Master's Degree program is run and organized? 8.81
2. Is there sufficient planning behind the subjects' curricula, timetables, human resources and necessary materials? 8.06
3. To what extent have the subjects' curricula been covered? 8.25
4. What do you think about the level of coordination between the subjects? Have any potential course overlappings or gaps been avoided? 8.13
5. Are the subjects' programs available? 8.5
6. Are the evaluation criteria clear and appropriate for the programs proposed? 8.63
7. How would you rate the planning behind the in-company internship? 8.56
8. Are you satisfied with the quality of the teaching? 9.13
9. To what extend have you been able to contact the lecturers? 9.19
10. To what extend have you been able to make suggestions to the Master's program directors or coordinators? 9.06
11. How would you rate the tutorials you have had? 8.69
12. How would you rate the interaction with the Master's program Registry staff? 9.06
13. To what extent do you think that the bibliographical sources held in the Library are sufficient for your studies? 8.19
14. What is your opinion of the University's IT resources, classroom computers and relevance of the software employed? 8.44
15. How would you rate the facilities where the Master's program was taught (classrooms, meeting rooms, accessibility)? 8.63
16. To what extent are you receiving help with finding employment? 8.44
17. How do you rate the sports activities that you have been offered? 8.07
18. How about the non-academic activities? 8.5
19. How do you rate the Cafeteria and Dining Services? 7.94
20. Are you satisfied with the level of qualification and training that you have attained? 8.63
21. Would you recommend the Master's program to your friends and acquaintances? 8.88

Evaluación global sobre calidad y gestión de Máster Universitario en Propiedad Intelectual (MUPI) realizada por los almunos julio 2012

OBJECTIVES

Over the past two decades, the new technologies have diversified the factors involved in the creation, production and operation of intellectual property works, generating more complex systems to protect these rights. In this respect, the music, audiovisual, computer, multimedia, Internet, publishing, biotechnology, and other sectors that are at the forefront of this great revolution have an increasing need for professionals specialized in intellectual property. These circumstances lead to a high and significant social, economic and legal prevalence, highlighting a growing demand for legal professionals, economists and engineers, capable of providing skilled services through the application of knowledge and this regulatory content.

To such end, the aim of the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property in terms of learning objectives for the students includes:

  • Enhancing the legal, economic and technical training of students, so that they may adapt to the real needs of companies, firms and organizations working in the field of intellectual property, specifically in the new market environment.
  • Delving, in an integrated manner, into the legal, economic and technological areas of knowledge required for the specialized management that these rights demand in their various fields.
  • Learning and receiving training from top professionals in the field of intellectual property on the theoretical content and practical application of sections of the program with regard to the complex and conflicting reality of the sector.
  • Gaining professional experience through academic internships in a company or institution directly related to the scope of protection of intellectual property rights, while implementing and consolidating their acquired knowledge, always under the guidance of an experienced professional from the firm, company or institution where they conduct their internship.
METHODOLOGY

The Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property is an academic postgraduate program comprising the teaching ofthe specific course content as well as thepractical applications of the knowledge acquired, which help the students to integrate what they have learned and specialize in the professional field of intellectual property. It is complemented with anacademic internshipwithin the most relevant management bodies, firms and companies in the sector.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The assessment method is related to the learning system configured for the Master's program. The final grade is obtained by evaluating different factors stated as percentages for each subject module: practical work carried out during the lectures, class participation, group work, assessment of written tests and of the academic internship completed, as well as of a Master's Dissertation or Project.

GRADE FOR EACH SUBJECT
Assessment methodsPercentage (of the partial grade for each module)
Module's written exam 80%
Practical sessions 15%
Student participation 5%
Subject grade Weighted Average Grade
FINAL MASTER'S GRADE
Assessment methodsPercentage of the final grade for the Master's program
Weighted average of the first thirteen Modules 85%
Weighted average of the Master's Dissertation 15%

The Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property encompasses a comprehensive and rigorous training program covering legal and economic aspects of the protection of intellectual property, as well as new technical resources.

The program's module-based structure ensures progressive acquisition of knowledge, first from a general perspective mowing on to the domestic and international systems of intellectual property protection in each specific area, i.e. publishing, music, dramatic, audiovisual, computer and multimedia works and the Internet, with a specific section on biotechnology, and the study of the economic analysis of these intellectual property rights. Achieving a comprehensive and professional training by incorporating the academic internship program, which is conducted in professional firms, companies and organizations specialized in the management of intellectual property. Hence, the program's clarity and coherence is guaranteed.

The program content is divided into basic topic blocks on intellectual property, with an academic training allocation of 60 ECTS credits (academic credits under European postgraduate regulations).

  • A general section covering Spanish, European and international rules and regulations.
  • The study of the powers and functions of the intellectual property right management entities, including organizations such as AISGE, EGEDA, VEGAP, AIE, CEDAR, SGAE, which are the most relevant in and outside Spain.
  • The study of copyright and related rights conducted by professionals specialized in each sector, including book publishing; musical, dramatic, audiovisual, computer and multimedia works; and the internet.
  • Also, the undeniable influence of the new technologies is included in a complex section that focuses on the study of intellectual property in biotechnological innovation.
  • Likewise, an equally essential and useful part of this program is the one about the economic analysis of intellectual property rights, taught by leading lecturers and researchers specializing in the economic analysis of Law.
  • To complete this comprehensive theoretical and practical course of study, which is required of a Master's level program such as this one, the students must complete an academic internship period within organizations and firms in the sector, as well as a Master's dissertation or project that encompasses all the content learned.

TOPICS, BREAKDOWN INTO SUBJECTS, CREDITS AND CLASS HOURS OF THE OFFICIAL MASTER'S DEGREE IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

SubjectsECTSTimetableType
I.Intellectual property protection systems. General part. 5.5 1st term. Compulsory.
II. Civil and criminal action protecting copyright and related rights. 2.5 1st term. Compulsory.
III. Collective management of copyright, public and institutional protection of intellectual property. 2.5 1st term. Compulsory.
IV. Fiscal, labor and statutory protection of copyright and related rights. 2 1st term. Compulsory.
V. Intellectual property rights of literary, dramatic or artistic works. 2.5 1st term. Compulsory
VI. Intellectual property rights of musical works or recordings. 5 1st term. Compulsory.
VII. Intellectual property rights of audiovisual works. 5.5 1st term. Compulsory.
VIII. Intellectual property rights of multimedia works, video games, computer programs and databases. 2.5 1st term. Compulsory.
IX. New technologies and intellectual property. 5.5 2nd term. Compulsory.
X. Intellectual property and biotechnology. 4 2nd term. Compulsory.
XI. Economic analysis of the regulations that protect intellectual property in Europe. 3.5 2nd term. Compulsory.
XII. Academic internship on intellectual property. 9 2nd term. Compulsory.
XIII. Master's Dissertation. 9 2nd term. Compulsory.
XIV. Professional ethics. 1 2nd term. Compulsory.

 

Chart showing the academic structure and percentage of the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property (MUPI) course content distribution

Curricular calendar of the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property (MUPI)

Professional path:

The rate of employability of the graduates of the Master's program and the Advanced Program in Intellectual Property in the last few years has been very high. The career prospects are numerous and growing at a fast rate.

It is worth highlighting the following among the institutions and companies requiring specialized intellectual property professionals, lawyers, economists and engineers:

  • Law firms with a well-established intellectual property department; also, due to the increasing number of intellectual property rights' claims, there is a real and growing demand for lawyers specializing in this area.
  • Organizations managing rights: Legal or financial departments relating to intellectual property; new technologies department in implementation, control and claim regarding intellectual property rights.
  • Music companies, audiovisual creation, media companies, audiovisual producers, record companies, publishers, and other organizations and companies in the sector require specialized lawyers and economists for advice and processing of legal and financial claims.
  • Companies creating computer programs and databases, and firms specializing in this sector require specialized lawyers, economists and engineers.

Companies and laboratories dedicated to biotechnology are in search of lawyers specializing in intellectual property.

Incorporación laboral de los egresados

Gráfica de sectores o áreas de incorporación laboral

CHART SHOWING EMPLOYMENT PLACEMENT AREAS AND PERCENTAGES OF GRADUATES FROM THE OFFICIAL MASTER'S DEGREE IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (MUPI); DATA FROM 2007-2013

EMPLOYMENT PLACEMENT AREAS OF GRADUATES FROM THE OFFICIAL MASTER'S DEGREE IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY% of graduates
2007 - 2013
Law firms specializing in intellectual property 40%
Law firms specializing in intellectual and industrial property, as well as new technologies 15%
Multinational company. Audiovisual content production sector 9%
Multinational company. Publishing sector. 6%
Multinational company. Music record label industry 6%
Multinational company. New technologies sector 6%
Multinational company for the management and protection of intellectual property 8%
Universities. Lecturer specializing in intellectual and industrial property 8%
Other sectors. Generalist law firms 2%
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