Intellectual Property Law

Module code: M3076
Level 6
30 credits in autumn & spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Essay, Unseen examination

The module covers aspects of the law of copyright, unregistered and registered trade marks, confidential information and patents. The module aims to introduce you to the principles of intellectual property law and its philosophical and economic justifications, but it will also encourage in-depth analysis of particular issues in the law and policy of intellectual property, such as internet 'piracy' and access to medicines in developing countries.

The focus of the module will be on UK law and policy, however reference will be made to EU and international law where relevant.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand and explain the main principles of copyright law, passing off, registered trade marks, confidential information and patent law in the UK
  • Apply the knowledge and understanding gained to the solution of problems and develop reasoned arguments on controversial aspects of the law
  • Undertake effective independent research on a topic using library resources
  • Identify and explain a range of contemporary issues in intellectual property law
  • Analyse, critique and evaluate the law and the policies which shape those laws