LAW-20047 - Controversies in intellectual property law
Coordinator: Eve Lakin Tel: +44 1782 7 34175
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective





LAW-10039 (Legal Essentials)

Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

This module will introduce you to key aspects of the UK intellectual property regime including trademarks, copyright, design rights and patents. You will also consider some of the theories used to justify the intellectual property rights regime and will be encouraged to critically evaluate such justifications. The module will encourage you to engage with the moral and social implications of intellectual property rights protection.
The module will blend practical and theoretical aspects making it relevant to those of you looking to practice in the commercial legal environment, as well as those intending to continue to future academic study.

This module aims to introduce students to:
the notion of intellectual property;
intellectual property law in the UK and the rights it guarantees;
the theories underpinning the existence of intellectual property rights; and
critical examination of the moral/ethical implications of such rights.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes


Study hours

11 x 2 hour workshops = 22 hours
Seminar preparation = 50 hours
Revision = 50 hours
Formative Assessment Prep = 28 hours

TOTAL = 150 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Open Book Examination weighted 100%
A single online open book assessment with two parts: (a) problem question; and (b) essay question
Students will be required to: (a) advise a hypothetical client on a problem scenario testing their knowledge of Intellectual Property Law in the UK (answer one question from a choice of two); (1,250 word count) and (b) write an essay which critically evaluates UK intellectual property law and the rights it confers (answer one question from a choice of two) (1,250 word count). The assessment will focus on the four types of UK IPR discussed on the module. From the 28-hour window students are expected to spend approximately 3-4 hours on the assessment (active working time).