SemesterSpring Semester, 2020
DepartmentGraduate Institute of Technology, Innovation & Intellectual Property Management, MA Program(IPM), First Year Graduate Institute of Technology, Innovation & Intellectual Property Management, MA Program(IPM), Second Year
Course NameLegal Aspects of Digital Innovation
Course TypeSelectively
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Weekly Course Schedule



Subject Matter

Week 1

FinTech (1)

Disrupting FinTech Law: An Introduction

Week 2

National Holiday

No Class

Week 3

FinTech (2)

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Finance: SEC, Money-Laundry and Tax-Evasion Issues

Week 4

FinTech (3)

Mobile Payment and Banking Laws: International Best Practice

Week 5

Sharing Economy (1)

Sharing Economy Landscape

Week 6

Sharing Economy (2)

Viral Marketing, Reputation and the Control of Legal Risks

Week 7

National Holiday

No Class

Week 8

Sharing Economy (3)

Neo-Liberalism and Employment Laws

Week 9

Mid-semester Progress Report

Week 10

FinTech (4)

Digital Currency: “Bitcoinization” of Central Banks and National Monetary Policy

Week 11

FinTech (5)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Intellectual Property Laws

Week 12

Self-Directed Learning (W1)

No Class (Time reserved for final semester project preparation. Milestone(1) required.)

Week 13

Sharing Economy (4)

Occupational Licenses: “Uberizing” Your Medical Doctors and Lawyers?

Week 14

Sharing Economy (5)

Private Solutions for De-Regulation Proposals:example of Insurance 2.0

Week 15

Invited Talk

Week 16

Self-Directed Learning (W2)

No Class (Time reserved for final semester project preparation. Milestone(2) required.)

Week 17

Final Proect Presentation (1)

Week 18

Fina Project Presentation (2)


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant



A major part of this Master Class is working on and delivering projects. These can take one of two forms, chosen by the student.

  1. Term Paper: Students will work in teams to examine a go-going start-up project, and will have to conduct 2-3 in-depth interviews to carefully study this venture.  As such, students will have a unique opportunity to gain firsthand experience working with distinguished investment firms, apply class lessons and takeaways, and have an inside view on how deals are sourced and/or executed.

  2. Entrepreneurial Venture: Students choosing this form will work on their own start-up / entrepreneurial venture in the area of FinTech / Financial Services. This venture can either be something that has already begun development or else a well-thought out idea that students wish to pursue in depth in order to examine viability. The project for these teams will consist of a write-up of progress made on the venture during the semester, the underlying economics of the venture, and an in-depth industry analysis. When feasible, we will pair these teams with advisors from FinTech or sharing economy start-ups and VC firms, who will guide students on their venture and background research.

  1. Project grading and deliverables:

Mid-semester progress report: By mid-semester, student teams are required to submit a 1-2 page report describing progress on their project and team dynamics. (20%)

Group presentation: Student groups will present their findings and conclusions in a 15-minute presentation (based on a prepared PowerPoint deck) to faculty. (40%)

Note: Electronic versions of the PowerPoint should be delivered via course website one week before the presentation.

2. Class Participation / Cases (40%)

Textbook & Reference

There is no textbook for this course.  Relevant materials (articles, cases, class notes, news articles) as mandatory readings will be distributed in advance with TA’s assistance.

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