The Intellectual Property Law programme is comprehensive and covering a variety of areas of professional activities in the field of law, business or administration. The aim is to give the doctoral students an extensive offer of courses to help them study their preferred area(s) of interest, as broad and deep as possible.
The programme is based on common philosophic and methodologic grounds, whereas legal pragmatism provides for core methodology and information philosophy serves as substantive philosophical fundament. On this basis, there are developed relatively independent courses in main areas of intellectual property law that should provide for complex understanding of dominant regulatory phenomena of Intellectual Property law – namely copyrights, patents, trademarks and designs.
Please see the official programme catalogue for the overview of courses.
Ph.D. theses topics
The following illustrative topics fall within the degree programme:
- Protection of copyright and related rights in the context of legislative changes in EU legislation
- Publisher rights to print publications
- Protection of business secrets and know-how
- EU trademark reform
- European patent with unitary effect
- Protection of non-personal data
- Software patents
- Current issues of industrial design protection
- Analysis of the case law of the CJEU in the relevant field of intellectual property protection
- Protection of intellectual property and unfair competition
Furthermore, the applicants may use the possibility to consult their respective topics with other members of the Department of Constitutional Law and Political Science, the Judicial Studies Institute and selected members of the Institute of State and Law of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
- Learning outcomes
- Occupational Profiles of Graduates
- Practical Training
- Goals of Theses
are available from the official programme catalogue.
Key staff profiles
doc. JUDr. Pavel Koukal, Ph.D., is associate professor within the department of Civil law at the Masaryk University. He is an expert in the area of the intellectual property protection and has authored various publications in the area of the design law protection and the civil law as well. He is frequently invited to lecture legal practitioners in these areas, both in the Czech Republic and abroad. On the invitation of the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic he gave an expert lectures on the influence of the New Czech Civil Code on the industrial property protection.
Doc. JUDr. Radim Polčák, Ph.D., is the head of the Institute of Law and Technology at the Law Faculty at Masaryk University (Czech Republic). He is the general chair of the Cyberspace conference; editor-in-chief of the Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology; and the head of the Editorial Board of the Review of Law and Technology (Revue pro právo a technologie). He is a founding fellow of the European Law Institute, a founding fellow of the European Academy of Law and ICT, a panelist at the .eu ADR arbitration court, and a member of various governmental and scientific expert and advisory bodies and project consortia around the EU. Professor Polčák has also served as a special adviser for Robotics and Data Protection Policy to the European Commission.
JUDr. Matěj Myška, Ph.D., is a senior assistant professor at the Institute of Law and Technology, Faculty of Law, Masaryk University. He received his degrees in law from Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic, in 2009 (Mgr.), 2013 (JUDr.), and 2015 (PhD). Dr. Myška’s professional focus is on ICT law and intellectual property, particularly digital copyright. He is a member of the organizing committee of the international conference Cyberspace, and the national conference Days of Czech ICT Law. Dr. Myška is the deputy editor-in-chief of the first Czech law journal specializing in ICT law, the Review of Law and Technology (Revue pro právo a technologie). He also assists the Technology Transfer Office of Masaryk University as a lawyer and is the legal lead of the Creative Commons Czech Republic.