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Postgraduate Course: Managing Intellectual Property (LAWS11173)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis module will enable you to apply knowledge of IP law in a practical context. The course will give you an understanding of legal issues and practice surrounding how IP is identified, managed, protected, and exploited in a commercial setting as well as introducing you to litigation mechanisms through which rights can be enforced. The role of competition law in commercialisation of IP rights will also be studied.

This module will draw from a range of subject areas, including patent and trade mark practice, contract, commercial law, competition law, international private law and enforcement. International, European and national materials will be applied in addition to case studies, which will enable you to gain an appreciation of the legal complexities involved in managing intellectual property in practice. The exercises and activities which students will be asked to do during this module will help develop a range of skills such as problem-solving, team-working, advising and drafting, all of which are important in legal practice and other contexts.

It is very important to understand that this module will not look at any detailed questions of substantive IP law on matters such as the subsistence, validity and infringement of any of the principal IP rights. These are matters which are covered in other courses available on the eLLM programme. Where possible and appropriate within your personal programme of study, it is strongly recommended that students should have taken the "Intellectual Property: Industrial Property" module or be taking it at the same time as "Managing IP".
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the distance learning team at
Additional Costs Students should have regular and reliable access to the Internet.

Print consumables (paper and ink) would be recommended to provide hard copy of some on screen text and materials (e.g. articles).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesPlease contact the distance learning team at
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information This course is taught by distance learning.
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 15, Other Study Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 140 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The aims of this module are to:
1. Examine the processes involved in identifying intellectual property owned by commercial concerns, ownership thereof, and registering relevant rights at national, European and international level;
2. Consider how infringements of intellectual property rights may be monitored and enforced and conduct of IP disputes;
3. Investigate the role of competition law in this context;
4. Analyse different methods of exploiting and commercialising IP rights and examine problems relating to jurisdiction, choice of law and enforcement of IP rights in the UK and Europe and consider how these might be best managed.

At the end of the module the student will be able to:
1. Recognise the complexities in identifying and managing IP within commercial concerns;
2. Evaluate the most appropriate mechanisms for protecting and thereafter exploiting intellectual property at national, regional and international level;
3. Make informed judgements as to the role of competition law in this context;
4. Analyse and apply the relevant international private law rules to transnational intellectual property disputes, and recognise and evaluate key legal and evidential issues arising in IP disputes.
Assessment Information
One essay of up to 4,000 words (60%); one individual assignment (20%); contribution to weekly online discussions throughout the semester (20%). Requirements for all module assessment will be outlined to students within the individual modules at the start of each semester.
Special Arrangements
This course is taught by distance learning.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. Generating IP
2. IP as an asset
3. IP transactions
4. Trade marks
5. Patents
6. Technology transfer
7. Distribution, agency & franchise
8. Exploiting copyright
9. Infringement
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMs Jane Cornwell
Tel: (0131 6)50 2012
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 4411
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