Business and management studies

Managing Intellectual Property

Module code: 876N1
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Workshop, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

Protecting intellectual assets has become a key success factor for organisations in the knowledge-based economy. This module provides you with the knowledge and tools for managing intellectual property (IP), and how best to deploy and appropriate these to create value from the perspective of both private and public-sector organisations. More specifically, you will gain an understanding of IP strategies and approaches in multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as universities and research institutes. You will learn about patents and copyrights as instruments to protect IP as well as develop an understanding of less formal, alternative approaches.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically evaluate the various approaches and instruments to audit, validate, protect and exploit intellectual property and to enforce intellectual property rights in private and public sector organisations
  • Develop critiques of a range of conceptual and systematic models to make sense of IP management and propose new hypotheses
  • Undertake decision making in complex and unpredicatable situations with regard to IP