Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights

Seminar part of IPR Summer School

Event time

6.6.2019 13.00 – 16.00


Hanken School of Economics, Futurum, Arkadiankatu 22, Helsinki


235,00 € + alv 24 % Members of IPR University Center Association can use free seats.
Registration closed 4.6.2019

In theory an important understanding of intellectual property rights is that each intellectual property entitlement has a subject matter of its own and exceptions thereof. For example, patent rights protect technological inventions while artistic creations are protectable under the copyright regime. Each intellectual property regime has its own purpose and the rights so created serve functions of that respective regime. Based on this starting point, there should not be overlapping intellectual property rights over the same subject matter, or in practical terms over the same product features. However, this understanding does not hold water. Overlapping intellectual property rights are part of the complex reality. And lately, this development has intensified due to expansion of protectable subject matter through the introduction of new rights and through the  expanding scope of protection of existing rights. Finally, regimes such as investment treaty law and human rights may further expand or strengthen the rights of intellectual property owners. Consequently, more frequently there will be  situations with overlapping rights or overlapping regimes of protection. We will discuss various forms of such  overlaps and the potential consequences thereof.


13.00 – 13.45 Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights over Software Features
Ulla-Maija Mylly, TIAS collegium postdoctoral researcher, University of Turku

13.45 – 14.30 Patent and Trade Secret Overlaps in Personalised Medicin
Professor Nari Lee, Hanken School of Economics

14.30 – 15.00 Coffee

15.00 – 15.45 Patents and Data Exclusivity in Pharma: a review of regulatory overlaps
Postdoctoral Researcher Dhanay Cadillo Chandler, University of Turku

15.45 – 16.00 Discussion

Arranging organization

IPR University Center


Additional information

Registration no later than 29.5.2019. Cancellations no later than 30.5.2019. After that 100% fee applies ( for the students as well).

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