Intellectual Property Rights | Competition Law | Free Online | Alison

Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights and Competition Law

Learn about the functions and different forms of intellectual property and competition law in this free online course.

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This free online course introduces you through the concept of intellectual property and creativity as it relates to the human mind and its ability to innovate. The course covers certain aspects of statutory rights and the fruits of creativity. The course also takes you through the use of trademarks in identifying a product or service. By the end of this course, you will be able to discuss functions of intellectual property rights in the society.
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    4-5 Hours
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This course explains how Intellectual property results from the application of someone's mind or intellect to create something new or original. You will learn about how creative activity culminating in intellectual property is necessary for socio-economic progress. You will also learn about how copyrights provide free and automatic protection for an author's original expression of ideas.

The course also describes how copyright is used in protecting intellectual property like books and sound recordings. You will learn about the several kinds of design and efforts made to preserve the shape and outlook of a product to prevent intellectual design theft. You will also learn about how some top companies have used their trade secrets to become highly successful. 

The course then explains how some companies abuse their dominance by engaging in market acts capable of eliminating their competitors. You will learn about certain policies put in place by regulating organizations around the world to maintain competitiveness in a monopolistic market. You will also learn about the components of the competition law, and the different types of market based agreements.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the meaning of abuse of dominance in the concept of competition law
  • List the various forms of abuse, and the act on abuse of dominant position
  • Explain business combinations and the procedure for investigating combinations
  • Discuss the appreciable and adverse effect of combination on competition in India
  • Describe the concept of competition law, the components of the law and the application of the law
  • Describe the development of competition law in India
  • Distinguish between horizontal agreements and vertical agreements
  • Describe the importance of copyright as an important aspect of rights in intellectual property
  • Describe how a product works or operates, and how it is protected by patent law


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