Intellectual Property

Course NameIntellectual Property
Course CodeLEG395
DescriptionIntellectual property law is offered as an optional module to students on the Standard Entry and Graduate Entry LLB programmes. It is also available as an individual module. Credits acquired on an individual module will not count towards the requirements of the LLB. Intellectual property law seeks to balance the establishment of rewards for inventors and creators and the needs of society to gain access to scientific, technological or cultural benefits. It encompasses copyright, patent and trade mark law and some other related areas (including the legal protection offered to confidential information and designs).
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course students should be able to:
– Demonstrate knowledge of the United Kingdom statutory framework, together with the relevant case law, governing the acquisition, exploitation and infringement of registered trade marks, patents, copyright and unregistered designs;
– Explain the common law principles governing passing off and breach of confidence;
– Describe the way in which EU law limits the use of intellectual property rights to prevent parallel imports and restricts the freedom to assign and license such rights;
– Understand the way in which international conventions and EU secondary legislation have influenced the content of the UK legislative framework;
– Appreciate the commercial context in which intellectual property rights are created and the way in which litigation affecting intellectual property rights is conducted;
– Understand some of the theoretical debates surrounding intellectual property rights, including their justification, their economic effect and monopolistic tendencies and the ethical considerations that arise;
– Apply their knowledge of Intellectual property law to complex fact situations;
– Locate, extract and analyse information from multiple sources, including the acknowledgment and referencing of sources;
– Distinguish key issues, formulate them with clarity and write fluently, using legal intellectual property terminology correctly;
– Develop a capacity for critical evaluation of argument and evidence with the ability to recognise potential alternative conclusions for particular situations and provide supporting reasons for them;
– Make personal and reasoned judgements based on an informed understanding of standard arguments in certain areas of law.
SchoolJohn H. Carey II School of Law
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS