Postgraduate Course: International Intellectual Property System (LAWS11142)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This module will examine the International Intellectual Property System (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.
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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, 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)
||This course will be assessed by means of a 5000 word essay, which is worth 100% of the overall mark for the course.
||Feedback on the formative assessment may be provided in various formats, for example, to include written, oral, video, face-to-face, whole class, or individual. The course organiser will decide which format is most appropriate in relation to the nature of the assessment.
Feedback on both formative and summative in-course assessed work will be provided in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course.
Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in written form via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will 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, as well as 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
|Keywords||International Intellectual Property System,IIPS,Intellectual Property,Law,Level 11,Postgraduate,IP
|Course organiser||Dr Emmanuel Kolawole Oke
Tel: (0131 6)51 4586
|Course secretary||Ms Ruth Johnston
Tel: (0131 6)50 9094