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Industrial and intellectual property


This course covers the fascinating area of Industrial and Intellectual Property. You will probably already have an understanding of what Intellectual Property or ‘IP’ is about; that it is a very significant economic asset of many businesses and therefore an understanding of the law related to this area can be very important in a commercial context. What you may be less aware of is that the law in this area is not just financially significant; it also throws up lots of interesting theoretical and ethical questions.

Module A: Intellectual property and technology


  • Patents
  • Legal status of patents, what might be patented
  • The process of obtaining and enforcing a patent 
  • Trade secrets and the action for breach of confidence.

Module B: Copyright law


  • Copyright and related rights
  • Introduction to copyright law, forms of copyright works, ownership of copyright, duration, infringement, enforcement of copyright.

Module C: The law of trade marks and passing off


  • Introduction to trade mark law
  • Registered trade marks: registration and subject matter
  • Forms of trade marks
  • Trade mark infringement, remedies and revocation
  • Passing off.

Module D: Intellectual property - integrated topics


  • Justifications for intellectual property
  • Sanctions for misuse of intellectual property, including civil remedies and criminal sanctions
  • Legal protection of designs in the UK: overlap with other rights
  • Dealing with intellectual property rights
  • Intellectual property and Europe - monopoly and a common market.


Each module is assessed by a 45-minute unseen written exam.


It is strongly recommended you attempt module D last.

How to apply

You can apply to study a module individually as a standalone unit or as part of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Laws qualification. (In either scenario, they must be studied in order.)

These modules also contribute towards the following specialist pathways for Laws:

  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Common Law
  • Computer and Communications Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Business Law

Apply via Postgraduate Laws

Academic Co-ordinator

Professor Ian Lloyd

Professor Ian Lloyd

Professor Ian Lloyd is Senior Research Fellow within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton.

Ian has worked in the field of Information technology law for around 30 years. He has published a range of books including Information Technology Law (6th edition) with Oxford University Press and has recently completed the manuscript of a book on Telecommunications Law, published by Sweet and Maxwell in 2013. I am a general editor of the International Journal of Law and IT and a reviewer for the Computer law and Security review.