Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
LAW-10039 (Legal Essentials)
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.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/law-20047/lists
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; andcritical examination of the moral/ethical implications of such rights.
Intended Learning Outcomes
11 x 2 hour workshops = 22 hoursSeminar preparation = 50 hoursRevision = 50 hours Formative Assessment Prep = 28 hoursTOTAL = 150 hours
1: Assignment weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
A single assessment with two parts: (a) problem question; and (b) essay questionStudents 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) draft 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).