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
- 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.
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