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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3162: Intellectual Property: Patents

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr James Griffin (Convenor)

Dr Mathilde Pavis (Lecturer)

Dr Karen Walshe (Lecturer)


Students must be on one of the following programmes:

INBOUND Semester 1


INBOUND Semester 2

One Semester Flexible Combined Honours

OAS Law (Dresden)

One Semester Law

Available via distance learning


You will learn about the ways in which the intellectual property system has developed, and why it operates as it does. In so doing, you will develop skills that will enable you to think about the system in an analytical manner. You will also cover the practical aspects, such as registration procedures where appropriate.

The IP module will also enable you to critically analyse the legal and policy framework for intellectual property law and to consider the efficaciousness of the regulatory system, for instance, considering whether the intellectual property system achieves its purported aims. 

The module will facilitate lively debate concerning potential proposals for legal reform, for instance, with regard to patent tests for infringement, trade marks and the consequences of Brexit.

The module will encourage you to pursue further study of the area, by looking at the application of the law to novel situations, and (subject to availability) by the involvement of practitioners during the module.

The module will appeal to students who wish to enter into IP practice, either as a lawyer or as an examiner. It will also be of interest to students interested in the regulation of culture.

There are no prerequisites for this module, though some knowledge of science for patents, would be useful but is not necessary

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