LAW-20047 - Controversies in intellectual property law
Coordinator: Mark R Eccleston-Turner Tel: +44 1782 7 33812
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

Intellectual property law provides property rights in creations. These rights, by their very nature, are exclusionary - they allow the right holder to prevent others from enjoying their creation without the requisite permission. Over the past decades, these rights have expanded around the globe, where they have clashed with the desire to deliver social goods, particularly in developing countries. Intellectual property rights have the potential to limit access to medicines, prevent public health restrictions on tobacco and alcohol, and limit access to educational resources. This module explores the impact of the intellectual property system on these social goods.

Students who select this module will be introduced to the key aspects of intellectual property rights, and the global context in which they exist. Included within this will be discussions around the themes of: social goods; public health; the open science movement; access to education; Free Trade Agreements; the role of the international intellectual property system in governing trade.

This module aims to introduce students to the notion of intellectual property: the theories underpinning its existence; the international IP system; and the rights it guarantees, in conjunction with critically examining the impact these rights can have on delivering social goods in developing (and increasingly developed) countries.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes


Study hours

12 x 2 hour workshops = 24 hours
Seminar preparation = 30 hours
Private study = 46 hours
Essay research and writing = 50 hours
TOTAL = 150 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Assignment weighted 100%
A report with a word limit of 2,500 words (excluding footnotes)
Students will produce a report on the impact of proposed changes to a (fictional) intellectual property (IP) system in a (fictional) developing country. The current IP legislation, and the proposed amendments will be placed on the KLE. Students will be required to critically analyse the proposed changes.