MVV59K Software Law

Faculty of Law
Autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Bc. Michal Koščík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
JUDr. Matěj Myška, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. JUDr. Radim Polčák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Ing. Jan Tomíšek (seminar tutor)
Mgr. MgA. Jakub Míšek (assistant)
JUDr. Danuše Spáčilová (assistant)
JUDr. Matěj Myška, Ph.D.
Institute of Law and Technology - Faculty of Law
Contact Person: JUDr. Matěj Myška, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Institute of Law and Technology - Faculty of Law
Mon 25. 9. to Fri 22. 12. each odd Wednesday 13:30–15:00 302
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
MVV59K/01: Mon 2. 10. to Fri 22. 12. each even Wednesday 13:30–15:00 030, M. Myška
MVV59K/02: No timetable has been entered into IS. M. Myška
Understanding of intellectual property law and contract law concepts.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 23/25, only registered: 0/25
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aims of the course are:
to introduce software as the object of legal relationships;
to explain the basics of software legal protection;
to present the most important contractual issues of software law;
to present legal aspects of software development and business models;
Learning outcomes
Upon successfully completing the course, students should be able to:
Understand basic protective legal concepts applicable on software
Critically analyse basic and advanced differences between copyright and patent protection of software
Understand and apply common standard software licenses
Understand and apply recent European case-law regarding software copyrights
Resolve complex cases of software legal protection incl. second-hand sales, protection of look-and-feel of software, protection of SaaS, and free software licensing
  • Software Law - Introduction, Forms of Legal Protection, Introduction to IPR
  • Copyright Protection: Case Study
  • Software Development and Business Models - Where Does the Law Come in Play
  • Copyright Protection for Software, Protection of Non-Literal Elements in Software
  • Other Forms of Protection: Software Patents (Utility and Design) in Practice; Know-How, Trade Secret, Goodwill and Trademark Protection, Non-Disclosure, Confidentiality and Non-Competition Agreements
  • Database Protection and Software
  • Software Contracts I: Intro, SAAS, EULA
  • Software Contracts II: Contract Drafting
  • Software Contracts III: F/OSS
  • Software Contracts III: Service Level Agreements
  • Software Protection - an International Comparative Perspective
    recommended literature
  • LEITH, Philip. Software and patents in Europe. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. viii, 203. ISBN 9780521868396. info
  • LEMLEY, Mark A. Software and internet law. 3rd ed. New York: Aspen Publishers, 2006. xxvi, 1151. ISBN 0735558647. info
    not specified
  • Further reading will be provided in the interactive syllabus.
Teaching methods
Lectures, seminars, e-learning, class discussions, contract revision, court submission preparation, position paper preparation
Assessment methods
Final written test - multiple choice test. Assessment of the tasks assigned during the semester: tests in the interactive syllabus; written submission, contract revision; position paper. These task shall be prepared before the respective seminar. Participation in seminars is compulsory.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016.
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