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 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective





LAW-10039 (Legal Essentials)

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Description for 2024/25

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;
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).