LLB Intellectual Property Law

Students outside the Aston Webb Building on Birmingham's Campus

Module description:

Intellectual property (IP) law examines legal protections in relation to creations of the mind. This is one area where the law is constantly responding to technological and aesthetical developments. The range of topics will include:

  • Philosophical foundations of IP law (esp. Locke, Hegel and Kant's philosophical thoughts in relation to IP)
  • Historical development of IP from AD1400 onwards (esp. changes happening during the 18th and 19th centuries)
  • The national and international frameworks of IP law
  • Copyright: criteria for protection, authorship & moral rights, infringement & defences; neighbouring rights
  • Trademarks: registration criteria, infringement, unregistered trademarks & passing off
  • Industrial design: registered & unregistered designs at both national and EU levels

Students will gain knowledge of the main legislative instruments and develop familiarity with the major cases in these areas. Students are expected to be well-prepared before lectures and seminars and spend considerable time in private study. (NB: Given limited time, this module will not cover patent in detail.)