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Postgraduate Course: Intellectual Property Law: Industrial Property (LAWS11257)

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 descriptionThe purpose of this module is to consider the law relating to patents, trade marks, passing off and breach of confidence within their institutional setting at international, European and national levels. Recent years have witnessed an expansion in the scope of these intellectual property rights, and having examined the institutional setting in which policy is formed, the reach and impact of these rights will be analysed. The sessions will also highlight areas of particular topicality where these rights have an impact such as: access to medicines; biotechnology; domain names and computer programs. The module will also consider, from a primarily European perspective, the relation between IP rights and free movement of goods.
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 are recommended to provide hard copy of some on screen materials.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesPlease contact the distance learning team at
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
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, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
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 course are to:
1. Highlight the institutional framework in which policy is formulated and law developed in the areas of patents and trade marks;
2. Investigate how rights may be registered at international, European and national level;
3. Consider the impact of international policy making on the scope of the rights;
4. Explore how the rights may be infringed;
5. Consider the interests that the law protects and investigate the extent to which it is successful in balancing those interests.

By the end of this course the student will be able to:
1. Appreciate the variety of institutions involved in the intellectual property field and understand their role and functions in policy making;
2. Understand the mechanisms available for registering rights and the reasons for the rules on which registration rests;
3. Identify the rights in practice, explain their scope and identify when those rights may be infringed;
4. Critically assess the development of the law and how changes in the law affect different interests;
5. Be aware of current developments in the law and be able to contribute in an informed manner to the ongoing debate as to the proper role of these rights.
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. International & European regulation of trade marks and patents
2. Patents 1
3. Patents 2
4. Patents 3
5. Breach of confidence
6. Trade marks 1
7. Trade marks 2
8. Passing off
9. Free movement of goods
10.Current issues
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Gerard Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 2023
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 4411
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