Intellectual Property & Information Law




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Student profiles

Intellectual Property & Information Law LLM

LLM student: 2009-10

For anyone contemplating pursuing an LLM; King's College London has always been the foremost option. King's global reputation for academic excellence has always attracted a diverse body of talented and motivated international students from all corners of the world. To add to it King's 175 years of legacy and its ranking amongst the World's Top 25 Universities influenced my decision to apply for an LLM at this esteemed institution.

No doubt that the Law School's ideal location, amidst the British Legal World, in my opinion provides a challenging academic environment. But amongst all this, what mattered the most to me was the rich portfolio of modules that the LLM programme offered. The option to tailor your own course so as to allow each student to pursue his or her particular academic interests is really encouraging. For me, the International and Comparative modules with respect to Trademark and Copyright laws allowed me to develop a multi-disciplinary and holistic approach toward my area of specialisation.

In order to ensure that I maximised my intellectual potential to the fullest I was encouraged to attend various seminars and other IP related events. King's also offered me the life time opportunity to be a part of the team that represented King's College London at the Oxford Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition in Oxford. But the most crucial part of my study so far has been my dissertation, wherein my supervisor who is himself an authority on the subject, not only guided me but at all times encouraged me to discuss my ideas and opinions.
Intellectual Property & Information Law LLM

LLM student: 2011-12

I chose King’s due to the excellent reputation of its School of Law and the many different courses available within the Intellectual Property pathway that I am pursuing. Obviously, the central location in the most dynamic city in Europe is a great added bonus.

Although King’s offers a variety of fun social events, interesting seminars and valuable networking events the most rewarding thing about my stay here has undoubtedly been the quality of teaching. King’s professors John Phillips, Tanya Aplin and David Llewelyn are all prominent figures within the world of IP and apart from being talented academics they have been enthusiastic teachers. They make you work hard but the reward is equally great. Further, King’s shares IP courses with other top London universities, inter alia University College London, which has allowed me the pleasure of being taught by arguably the most renowned IP judge in Europe; Professor Sir Robin Jacob.

I was already a practicing IP lawyer in Denmark before coming here but my studies have allowed me to take my knowledge of this complex area of law to a new level. I believe that any student choosing this pathway at King’s will gain a considerable competitive advantage.

New Zealander
Intellectual Property & Information Law LLM

LLM student: 2008-10 (part-time)

My practice as an intellectual property ("IP") solicitor benefited immeasurably from my LLM studies at King's. King's gave me the opportunity to think in detail about the law and its underlying policy. This is not something that you typically get the time to do when managing a busy city practice.

The quality of the lecturing staff was one of the main advantages of studying at King's. I was fortunate to have lecturers in my courses who were all well known academics and practitioners in the field which enhanced my learning experience. The lectures were on the whole engaging and motivated me in my studies.

In terms of facilities, the location of the King's campus was important. I work in the City of London at a leading law firm. At a practical level, it was important that I was able to easily get to and from lectures without too much disruption to my work day. The majority of my lectures were held at King's Strand campus which was an easy 20 minute walk from the office.

London is a fantastic environment for work and study. Many of the leading figures in IP law are based in England so working/studying here gives you the opportunity to meet them in person.

After the programme, I will continue to work in IP/commercial law but would like to continue my interest in European legal policy or academic studies in some form or another.

Staff profiles

Professor Tanya Aplin
Professor Tanya Aplin
Intellectual Property & Information Law LLM

Professor Tanya Aplin specialises in the area of Intellectual Property Law, having joined the Dickson Poon School of Law in September 2002 as a Lecturer. She was previously a Lecturer in Law at Robinson College, Cambridge, and a Research Fellow at Murdoch University. Professor Aplin graduated from Murdoch University, Western Australia with LLB and BA degrees and from the University of Oxford with a BCL and D Phil. She has been a visiting scholar at Boalt School of Law, UCB; a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland; a Senior Visiting Fellow at the School of Law, University of New South Wales and a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne.

Professor Aplin was formerly Head of Education in the School of Law (2008-2012) and is presently Director of the King’s Postgraduate Diploma/MA in UK, EU and US Copyright Law and Director of the LLM in Intellectual Property and Information Law. Professor Aplin’s research lies in the field of intellectual property law. She has published extensively on how digital technologies are regulated by copyright law at an international, European and UK level. Her most recent work concerns the protection of trade secrets and confidential information, with a particular emphasis on the way in which privacy-based decisions are affecting the shape of the action as a whole.

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