Writing your Exam Thesis in IP

Intellectual Property (IP) law is a great and exciting area of the law to research and write you thesis on. The nature of IP law and its multiple interfaces both with other areas of law and with different kinds of subject-matter gives rise to a variety of exciting questions to investigate. Writing your thesis in the field of IP also brings you closer to an employment in IP-intensive industries, which have been growing in size and importance. The thesis may be written either in English or in Swedish.

This is an indicative list of thesis topics. Please note that these are drafted in a very general way just to indicate the general direction of a thesis and will thus need further specification.

  1. Traditional knowledge and the modern patent system.
  2. Traditional culture and the IP interface.
  3. Patent evergreening in the field of pharmaceuticals.
  4. The IP-related challenges of second medical indication inventions.
  5. AI and IP.
  6. Defining the scope of Supplementary Protection Certificates.
  7. Bilateral Agreements in the modern IP world.
  8. The interface between contract law and IP law.
  9. Intellectual property rights and the film industry.
  10. IP rights exhaustion.
  11. IP rights in bankruptcy and liquidation proceedings.
  12. IP in employment relations.
  13. Trade secret protection after the implementation of the Trade Secrets Directive (Directive (EU) 2016/943).
  14. Parallel importation of pharmaceuticals.
  15. Regulatory rights (orphan drugs, pediatric extension) interaction with the traditional IP system.
  16. Key concepts governing copyright protection, e.g., authorship and joint authorship, originality, work, etc.
  17. Copyright’s exclusive rights: scope and interpretive challenges.
  18. Online copyright enforcement, including, e.g. platform and intermediary liability, remedies, private international law questions, etc.
  19. The interplay between copyright and other areas of the law, e.g., data protection and privacy and fundamental rights and freedoms.
  20. IP policy developments at the international, regional, and national levels alike.
  21. Fashion and IP.
  22. Trade mark functions.
  23. Absolute grounds for refusal or invalidity, including, e.g., distinctiveness, descriptiveness, public policy and morality, bad faith.
  24. Scope of trade mark protection, including, e.g., notions like likelihood of confusion, similarity, protection of well-known trade marks.
  25. Genuine use of a trade mark.