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Course module: JM0160-M-6
Intellectual Property and Privacy
Course info
Course moduleJM0160-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TISEM Other;
Is part of
M Data Science and Entrepreneurship (joint degree)
M. Husovec
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
Registration openfrom 19/08/2019 up to and including 24/01/2020
Upon successful completion of this course, the students will be able to:
  1. Assess real-life and hypothetical instances of data science application and data-driven businesses on the matter of their compliance with the principles of responsible innovation (application);
  2. Name and explain data protection principles;
  3. Name and explain core principles and notions of intellectual property law.
  4. Recognize and advice upon data protection- and intellectual property issues relevant in the context of real-life and hypothetical data science applications and data-driven businesses;
  5. Evaluate data science applications and businesses on the matter of respect for data protection and intellectual property rights.
The goal of the course is to prepare the future data entrepreneurs to conduct a data-driven business accounting for the ways in which the law enables, protects, shapes or restricts use of data and data sets, and in accordance with the principles of responsible innovation. Intellectual Property and privacy and data protection law will be special focus of the course.
Data Science applications are of growing importance to innovation and thus economic prosperity. For this reason, the protection offered by the law to innovators and entrepreneurs is all the more important. In particular, ownership of data and data sets is of increasing concern. Through the course students will gain legal and regulatory knowledge and insight in protecting data and data sets by means of database protection, copyright protection, contracts and trade secret laws. In addition, they will learn about the constraints that the Intellectual Property law can impose on the data-driven business and the legal options for using third-party data sets. Importantly, the students will also learn what national and international (EU) regimes should be adhered to in order to protect the rights of individuals in relation to their data, and about strategies of compliance with the data protection legislation.

In explaining relevant regulatory regimes, the course will take the perspective of developers (businesses and entrepreneurs), users, as well as data subjects (individuals) of data science applications. In reflecting on the relevant regulatory regimes, the course will use representative examples of real-life and hypothetical data sets in areas of marketing, smart industries, health, and legal analytics. Both a theoretical and case study approach is adopted to ensure that the program is as relevant as possible to a broad range of students interested in data science entrepreneurship.
Technological, economic, ethical, and sociological arguments will, in most cases, play a role in governing data ownership and privacy issues and solving related legal conflicts or will have influenced the way in which legal rules deal with problems. By means of both a theoretical and case study approach they will be challenged to take various aspects into consideration while solving cases. Students will be challenged to motivate how they think a specific problem is best solved.

Type of instructions
13 interactive lectures

Type of exams
- Written exam (80%)
- 2 group assignments (paper) (20%)
A 'pass' for submission of the two group assignments is required for admission to the written exam. No resit of group assignments is allowed. The second attempt written exam will function as a resit for the entire course.
The courses from the Data Science and Entrepreneurship program require specific prior knowledge. It is only possible to participate in this course if approved by the admission committee and if you are enrolled for the program.
Please note that this course will be taught in Mariënburg, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (JADS).
Contact person
R.M.R. Gellert
Timetable information
Intellectual Property and Privacy
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk tentamen / Written ExamOTH_01SM 1111-12-2019
Schriftelijk tentamen / Written ExamOTH_01SM 1216-01-2020
Required materials
Recommended materials
Final grade

Written Exam

Paper 1

Paper 2

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