OverviewThe course aims to provide students with abilities to develop an understanding of the following issues: (a) Foundational principles, justificatory arguments and theoretical frameworks of intellectual property law; (b) Key legislation and case law and the relationship of levels of law making in intellectual property law; (c) A basic understanding of UK intellectual property law (copyright, breach of confidence, trade marks and patents)
This module will focus on the leading topic areas of intellectual property law (including practical aspects), namely:
• Trade marks
• Passing off
• Breach of confidence
This module appears in:
One weekly lecture of one hour and one weekly seminar of one hour.
Method of assessment
A written examination (50%); Coursework in the form of a 3500 word research essay (50%).
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Apply knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles, policies, issues, debates and legal doctrine associated with various areas of intellectual property law.
2. Identify the theoretical, cultural and social-underpinnings of intellectual property law.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse influences that shape UK intellectual property law and the increasing impact of EU jurisprudence in its development.
4. Critically evaluate intellectual property law: to take nothing at face value, to go beneath the surface of the law to critically analyse and evaluate it, in the written assessments.