This UNITAR online course on international intellectual property law is a foundation course developed to provide participants with an introduction to the increasingly important area of intellectual property law. Intellectual property refers generally to creations of the mind that can be made into tangible objects, such as literary and artistic works, inventions, symbols, names, images and designs. Intellectual property law is the corresponding set of laws that protect the creators of these works. In our highly globalized economy, many enterprises are engaging in international commerce on some level. A significant number of companies have foreign subsidiaries or affiliates, and even purely domestic entities can become involved in international transactions in a variety of ways. Often, intellectual property assets will be a component of such international transactions. As globalization increases and national boundaries become more penetrable, there will be a corresponding need for well-developed knowledge regarding international intellectual property law.