Undergraduate Module Descriptor
LAW3028: Intellectual Property
This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)
Dr James Griffin (Convenor)
|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 students 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, particularly in relation to the tests of copyright infringement, the consideration of secondary liability, and the application of the law to new areas such as, for example, 3D printing.
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 IT for copyright, and science for patents, would be useful but is not necessary.