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LAWS6134 Intellectual Property Law and Theory

Module Overview

The core focus of the module is on the theoretical justifications for, and the scope of, legal and non-legal regulation of creativity and innovation. The module will focus primarily on intellectual property law and regulation in the UK jurisdiction (and EU law where relevant) and engage with a variety of methodologies including doctrinal, comparative and empirical in order to do so. It will include material on the non-legal regulation of intellectual assets. This is an innovative approach to the teaching of intellectual property arising from the module co-ordinator’s research interests but also in tune with recent attempts by policymakers to engage with the realities of intellectual property production and use. This 30 CATS module will include but not be limited to, to varying degrees, laws relating to copyright, designs, trade marks and patents.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

to give students a sound knowledge and understanding of theories of, and justifications for, intellectual property rights specifically and the regulation of creativity and innovation generally; • to enhance students’ understanding of the interplay between theory and policy and the scope of legal and non-legal regulation including UK statutes and case law, EU law, and industry or community-specific norms; • to provide students with an understanding of the broader issues and controversies relating to the regulation of intellectual assets; and • to enable students to develop their powers of legal analysis through a critical examination of theories and policies underpinning intellectual property law and regulation

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the main theories relating to intellectual property rights and the regulation of creativity and innovation generally;
  • the main principles of UK and European law in relation to different forms of intellectual property regulation;
  • the theory and practice of non-legal regulation of intellectual assets; and
  • the policy implications of the interplay between theory and regulation in the context of creativity and innovation.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop your legal skills in identifying, analyse and synthesise a range of legal materials from legislation, case law and academic literature relevant to the regulation of creativity and innovation;
  • develop a critical awareness and appreciation of the operation of intellectual property rules including how legal rules mediate between public and private interests in creativity and innovation;
  • produce effectively reasoned and structured responses, which are adequately supported by reference to relevant legal and non-legal, authority; and
  • communicate in writing an understanding of the legal and theoretical issues in the regulation of creativity and innovation through research and the formulation of effective argument, and demonstrating an appreciation of academic integrity.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify, analyse, interpret and evaluate complex material;
  • formulate an effective, reasoned and structured argument; and
  • effectively communicate and present well-supported written arguments integrating legal and non-legal sources.

Syllabus

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Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Teaching40
Independent Study260
Total study time300

Assessment

Formative

Coursework

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (5000 words) 60%
Essay  (3000 words) 40%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (5000 words) 60%
Essay  (3000 words) 40%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (5000 words) 60%
Essay  (3000 words) 40%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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