LLB Intellectual Property

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Module description:

Intellectual Property Law examines the legal protections available for new ideas and new products. This is one area where the law is constantly responding to technological developments.

This module will consider examples such as Coca Cola, Apple and Cadburys as the law of copyright, patent and trademark is considered. The module will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • The national and international frameworks of intellectual properties
  • Copyright; categories of works, criteria for protection, authorship & originality, moral & economic rights, infringement & defences, remedies, digital copyright (databases, internet and software) and international copyright (TRIPS, WIPO etc)
  • Trademarks; registered trademarks, international and community registration & requirements, rights & infringement, unregistered trademarks & passing off
  • Patents; scope & objectives, novelty & ‘the inventive step,’ infringement & EU initiatives and biotechnology
  • Contemporary Issues in IP; patent, copyright and trademark current issues & reform

Students will also gain knowledge of the main legislative instruments at both a national and international level, and develop familiarity with the major cases in these areas.




The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.