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International Exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights

Module code: LLM 5311

Module description

International Exploitation of Intellectual Property takes a more practical and international focus and covers in detail the contents of EU IP licences and distribution agreements, and the issues of EU Competition Law and the principle of the exhaustion of rights The international focus of the module means that an outline of IP law is given using sources from the EU Directive and international convention. A prior knowledge of IP is not required for the module;

Topic 1 - The international context of IP law

The nature of IP law, an evaluation of its justifications and the global structure of international IP law, especially the agreement on Trade Related Aspects of IP (TRIPS) 1994, the Berne Convention, the Madrid Protocol and the European Competition Law that effects its exploitation

Topic 2 - Existence of international IPRs

The Community Design Regime, the Community Trade Mark, the national structure of copyright and patent currently, with the imminent Community Patent. Issues of international enforcement specific to IP. Brief reference will be made to major differences in US law.

Topic 3 - International exploitations

The recommended practice for the contents of international agreements for IP licensing and distributorship, including the impact of EU Competition Law upon them. A review of the exploitation of image rights across all IP fields.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Tutorials: 10 hours


  • Essay: 100%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books