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Protection of
intellectual property
rights is essential to
maintaining economic
growth worldwide.

Module Intellectual Property Law


The subject Intellectual Property Law addresses intellectual property law in the context of the entertainment industries, technological and design innovation, and the protection of reputation. The module will draw on the comprehensive international IP treaty system, including WTO (TRIPS) and WIPO, to identify and analyze key issues and tests in the context of different domestic laws. The course will also help students to develop a practical strategic focus, recognizing that the protection of intellectual capital and goodwill goes beyond reliance on IP law alone.

Resources and Teaching Approach

Resources include selected readings from different jurisdictions, including multiple controversial cross-jurisdictional IP cases that have shaped the face of IP law for the last decade. You will analyze and discuss the materials individually, in small teams, on the class online discussion board, and in weekly chats with your subject coordinators. Furthermore, you will collaborate with other students to develop IP strategies and structure collaborative IP-based projects in cross-border situations.

Subjects Covered

  • Introduction to IPL
  • Introduction to the Different Regimes and Governing Treaties
  • Copyright Law
  • Passing-off and Unfair Competition
  • Unfair Competition and Breach of Confidence
  • Trade Marks Law
  • Designs Law
  • Designs Law Exceptions and Limitations (including Copyright)
  • Sui Generis Regimes
  • Patent Law