Intellectual Property: Industrial Property (M6076)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

You’ll explore aspects of industrial property subjects, including the law of patents, passing off, and unregistered and registered trade marks.

You’ll be introduced to the principles of intellectual property law and its philosophical and economic justifications. You will also take part in in-depth analysis of particular issues in the law and policy of intellectual property, such as access to medicines.

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


52%: Lecture
48%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 21 hours of contact time and about 129 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


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