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Intellectual Property Law

Module code: LLM 5258

Module description

Introduction to intellectual property

  • The nature of and justification for intellectual property rights.
  • IP and the EU
  • Remedies for IP infringement


  • The variety of protected works, subsistence, and infringement

The exploitation IP rights including confidentiality

  • Ownership of patents and copyright, moral rights in copyright, and licensing of patents and copyright.
  • Requirements For Confidentiality and Contracting For Secrecy               

Design protection

  • Overlap between Copyright and Design Rights               
  • Registered Design               
  • Design right               


  • Formalities for Grant
  • Subsistence of Patents
  • Excluded Subject Matter

Trade marks and character merchandising (including passing off)

  • The International System and registration of Trade Marks
  • Infringement and Revocation of Trade Marks
  • Passing off
  • Character Merchandising

Contact hours per student per year

  • Seminars: 3 hours (optional)


  • Essay 1: 40%
  • Essay 2: 60%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books