AI521112 - Innovation and intellectual property rights


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

  • Historical overview of innovation.
  • Innovation models.
  • The national and regional system of innovation (stakeholders and characteristics).
  • Innovation and organisational knowledge.
  • Innovation, strategic alliances and networks.
  • Innovation sources
  • Technology transfer and open innovation.
  • New service and new product innovation.
  • Innovation and intellectual property(national perspective as well as patent, trademarks, design, copyright, "Know-how" and Trade secrets)
  • Globalisation of intellectual property.
  • Innovation and ethics. Parts of the curriculum regarding characteristics of the local industry and Norwegian patent law will be in Norwegian language. A synopsis of these Norwegian language texts will be translated into English.

Learning outcome


  • Have in-depth knowledge of important themes, methods and challenges in innovation research.
  • Have detailed knowledge of stakeholders, challenges and characteristics regarding innovation at national and regional levels.
  • Have basic knowledge of national and international law and processes for protection of Intellectual Property Rights


  • Be able to analyze existing theories and methods within the subject area.
  • Under guidance, be able to carry out a well-defined research and academic work within the subject area.


  • Be able to communicate the topics and various analyses of the field with various stakeholders.

Learning methods and activities

Pedagogy: The lectures/sessions adhere to a dialogue-based approach with an interactive format, where participants will provide their own interpretations, critiques and suggestions to the syllabus. Hence, this is especially important when guest lectures are holding the lectures/sessions. In addition to this we will also have a company visit, in order to provide first-hand experience. Exact date will be announced during semester start. Regarding guest lectures, the course requires mandatory attendance (if possible, attendance can be done through virtual channels e.g. Zoom, Collaborate etc).

Sessions/lectures: For each occasion, we will read and discuss a few articles in addition to the book chapters from the main course book. The set of articles may include theoretical and empirical work, or both. It is expected that you read all articles and to think and reflect on them before every lecture. This is important as this is an interactive course. I recommend you to first skim the assigned articles, then carefully re-read them and take notes of important information, concepts and ideas.

This course resembles more as seminar-based rather than traditional lecture courses, therefore, in order to cultivate critical thinking with regards to innovation and international business issues, participation is expected and required. Hence, guest lectures, company visit(s), and three individual assignments are mandatory for access to exam/final grade.  


Portfolio assessment including three mandatory assignments. Each student is responsible for gathering the three assignments to due date in Inspera. Resit- exam is not possible

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment including three mandatory assignments. Each student is responsible for gathering the three assignments to due date in Inspera. Resit- exam is not possible

Required previous knowledge

This course is only available to students who have been admitted to the following programmes: - Master in International Business and Marketing, at Department of International Business (NTNU Aalesund)  - Master in Business Administration, at Trondheim Business School (NTNU Trondheim) - Master in Financial Economics, and Master in Economics, at Department of Economics (NTNU Trondheim) - Master in Entrepreneurship, and Master in Industrial Economics and Technology Management, at Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management (NTNU Trondheim)

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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Economics and Administration
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of International Business


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Portfolio 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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