The purpose of this course is to consider the law relating to patents, trade marks, passing off and breach of confidence, focussing on European and UK law.
The course aims to equip students to understand, apply, analyse and critique the law pertaining to patents, trade marks, passing off and breach of confidence in the UK and at a European level. The course focusses on the substantive law in relation to such IP rights and students are expected to read and fully engage with doctrinal/black letter law (primary materials in the form of statutes, directives and case law) in addition to legal scholarship in the area.
This course is taught at Masters level and the emphasis is on independent learning and student participation. During teaching, students are expected to contribute to discussions and to take responsibility for their own learning. The reading materials which are referred to are by no means exhaustive and students are encouraged to undertake independent research.
It is emphasised that intellectual property law is a complex and broad-ranging subject and the reading lists that will be provided for each week will only represent a fraction of the material that is available on any topic. Students undertaking the course will be expected to carry out independent personal research for their assignments over and beyond the issues and materials discussed each week.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding and knowledge of the framework and law pertaining to patents, trade marks, passing off and breach of confidence, including subsistence, scope, duration, infringement, exceptions and limitations;
- Apply the knowledge and understanding of patents, trade marks, passing off and breach of confidence to real world scenarios;
- Apply critical analysis to the law pertaining to patents, trade marks, passing off and breach of confidence and identify and evaluate the key challenges facing these rights and their role and functions in the wider policy context;
- Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in undertaking reading, research and formulating independent positions.
One short written assignment (20%, up to 1000 words); one problem-based essay (80%, up to 4000 words)
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Please note the University reserves the right to make variations to the contents of programmes, including the range of courses offered, and the available choice of courses in any given year may change.