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Intellectual Property Law

Module code: LLBP 3015

Module description

Intellectual Property is concerned with all aspects of creativity and intellectual effort. How can creators and inventors protect themselves against the freeloaders who would steal their ideas?

It is now regarded by companies as crucial to their commercial success. How can ideas be turned into money?

It is of vital importance to those involved in most businesses, such as:

  • Industry: How long can a drug company monopolise that crucial Aids drug?
  • The Arts: Did Robbie Williams really plagiarise folk singer Louden Wainwright?
  • The Media: Should the Sun have published CCTV pictures of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed?
  • Design: What can VW do to protect the design of their car exhausts?
  • Entertainment: Can Arsenal prevent others from using a picture of a gun?
  • Education: How much of your photocopying is really permitted?

The module explores the major tensions of commercial policy - exclusive rights exploitation versus monopoly; balancing the interests of users (all of us!), the consumers and the producers of information.

The module is centred in the 4 "great" statutory types of IP: Patents, Copyright, Design Rights and Trade Marks whilst also looking at contemporary issues such as the enforcement of such rights.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 44 hours
  • Tutorials: 10 hours


  • Assessment 1: 40%
  • Assessment 2: 60% 

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books