INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW - 2017/8

Module code: LAW3072

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

ABBOTT R Prof (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

M200

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 124

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 6

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination 2 HOUR EXAM 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

Intellectual property law is a specialised area of law, which is set on international law by way of minimum standards (TRIPS Agreement, Paris and Berne Conventions). The UK IP laws have seen not only international regulation but also extensive harmonisation in EU law (particularly trade mark law and to a certain extent copyright law). This area of law grants exclusive rights to reward and/or incentivise creation and innovation in exchange for certain societal benefits (different for specific IP rights: the disclosure of inventions; the publication of works and the correction of market inefficiencies in the case of distinctive signs indicating commercial origin). The module will identify the main types of intellectual property in terms of their subject matter, conditions for protection, duration and scope of protection and will examine their impact on the protection of creative endeavours.

Module aims

This module aims to emphasise the means by which intellectual property law seeks to protect inventive and creative activities through the grant of particular rights, and, at the same time balance the extent of these exclusive monopoly rights with the third party' interests and the public interest of society at large.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate an critical understanding of intellectual property law, its sources, its content, and its subject-matter KC
Appreciate and critically engage in discussions scholarly regarding the relationship between the different intellectual property rights considered in the moduleĀ  KC
Critically evaluate and engage with scholarly theories regarding how balances are struck within intellectual property law between the interests of rights owners and users, through thresholds for protection, exceptions and limitations KC
Explain how balances are struck outside intellectual property law through the interaction with other legal principles, and, the role of EU and international regulation KCPT
Assess and evaluate current proposed and recently implemented intellectual property legal reforms CPT
Engage with complex legal problems and scholarly questions drawing upon relevant primary and secondary legal authorities

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


The nature and importance of intellectual property law
Forms of intellectual property and their subject-matter
Justifications for intellectual property rights
The influence of EU and international law
IP remedies
Patents
Breach of confidence
Copyright
Design law
Trademarks and passing off

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to support students in their development the knowledge, understanding, analytical ability and a sense of relevance in relation to intellectual property law, principles and practice, at a level appropriate to a FHEQ Level 6 module.

The learning and teaching methods, in the total student learning time of 150 hours, include:

Weekly 2-hour lectures, with opportunities for student participation and feedback (2 hours x 11 weeks)

Fortnightly 1-hour tutorials, during which learning will be applied to problem scenarios, case law and discussion topics (1 hour x 6)

Reading in preparation for classes

Preparation of formative and summative examinations

Consolidation of learning

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding, analytical ability and a sense of relevance in applying principles to new, unseen scenarios and discussion topics, and, to critically discuss possible legal solutions.  The assessment address all the learning outcomes listed above.

Thus the summative assessment for this module consists of a 2-hour Examination during the examination period.

Formative assessment and feedback

In order to enable constructive alignment between teaching and assessment (and between the summative and formative assessments), formal formative assessment is by a 1-hour Examination sat in-class in exam conditions.  Individual written feedback will then be provided to each student undertaking this assessment, together with their marks, and, generalised feedback on the formative assessment will be provided at the beginning of the next available full lecture to all students. This formative assessment will take place usually in Week 7, or otherwise at such a time to ensure that students receive timely feedback.

Students are also given the opportunity to seek in-person informal feedback on fully-written tutorial and past examination questions, before and after classes, and, during office hours.

Reading list

Reading list for INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/law3072

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Law with Criminology LLB (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with International Relations LLB (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law LLB (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law (JD Pathway) LLB (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.