Postgraduate Course: International Intellectual Property System (LAWS11142)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The IIPS began developing in the 19th Century in response to the then advances in cross-border trade. As intellectual property laws are territorial, so some mechanism had to be found through which protection could be accorded to authors and inventors as their works were traded abroad. The response, over the ensuing 150 years, was the establishment of a number of international bodies responsible for the development and oversight of a variety of Treaties and Agreements providing both formal and substantive norms which were (and are) in turn translated into domestic law. These measures have had a significant impact on the shape of domestic intellectual property laws, the development of which has quickened with the growth in international trade coupled with innovative technological advances. However there are significant tensions within the system. Many of these have been brought about through linking of IP with trade through the TRIPs Agreement.
This module will examine the IIPS with a particular focus on patents, copyright and trade marks and within the domains of information and communication and international trade. Having analysed the architecture of the IIPS and considered the ways in which the laws are developed and the tensions that have been brought about through linking IP with trade, this module will go on to look in depth at formal and substantive aspects of the Treaties as well as current developments.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Take home assessment involving a problem question, worth 100%
|No Exam Information
| By the end of this module students should be able to:
* conceptualise the IIPS and understand how the constituent parts fit together
* critically comment on the tensions in the IIPS being wrought by linking IP with international trade and the consequences in the international arena
* understand the most important aspects of the Treaties and how those relate to regional and domestic intellectual property laws
* understand the tensions being wrought on the 'international system' through technological developments
* comment on the utility of the enforcement system through which states are encouraged to meet their international obligations.
* critically consider whether the IIPS has a future, and if so, what shape it might take.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Emmanuel Kolawole Oke
Tel: (0131 6)51 4586
|Course secretary||Mr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)50 2010