Intellectual Property & Information Law




Part Time, Full Time

| Admissions status: Open
With this specialist LLM you will gain a detailed insight into the fast-growing field of Intellectual Property & Information Law. Expect interactive classes focusing on topical issues concerning the regulation of innovation and creativity, in which the issues of the day are explored in detail. Covering the latest practical and theoretical perspectives you will learn about the access to and use of data in a global context.

  • A strong IP Law community, with both informal and formal social and networking events, guest lectures by leading scholars/practitioners in the field and participation in the annual International IP moot competition.
  • Breadth and depth of teaching expertise; a reputed mix of dedicated full-time King's academics and internationally-acclaimed practitioners who all contribute to the extensive module offering.
  • Combines rigorous analytical and critical approaches with practical perspectives and practice-generated problems.
  • New exciting scholarship offerings for our LLM programme for entry 2015: The Yeoh Tiong Lay Scholarship Programme, The Bosco Tso and Emily Ng Scholarship Programme and the Nigerian Law Scholars Fund. Please note that the new Norman Spink Scholarship Fund has recently been announced for 2015 entry. For more information, please see our Law Scholarship information page.
  • For UK/EU applicants, please note our King's Master's Support Scheme 2015-16 (deadline for application 29 May 2015), exclusively aimed at widening access to PG study, where up to 273 new awards of £10,000 will be available to students looking to pursue master’s study in 2015. For more information on this scheme and other available King's PGT funding, please visit our funding webpages
  • For more information about the LLM IP & Information Law community at King's, have a look at our Intellectual Property & Information Law LLM brochure (pdf).
Student destinations
In a competitive world we can give you the competitive edge to take your career to the next level. Thatís why youíll find our LLM programme is supplemented by opportunities to develop your skills and professional networks. The result is that students are presented with a wide range of employment destinations when they leave; from positions at the European Central Bank, European Commission and UN to commercial roles as investment bank analysts, tax or public affairs advisers, as well as careers in the legal profession; accountancy; management consultancy; human rights organisations and other voluntary bodies; academia.
Programme leader/s
Professor Tanya Aplin
Law Society CPD points
Awarding Institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years to four years PT, September to September.
Strand Campus.
Year of entry 2016
Offered by
The Dickson Poon School of Law
Closing date
The deadline for applications is 1 July for 2015 entry. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 1 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
360 overall for the LLM (FT and PT)
PT Home: £6,500 (2015)
PT Overseas: £9,425 (2015)
FT Home: £13,000 (2015)
FT Overseas: £18,850 (2015)
Contact information
Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2097 / 2711
fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

For those who want to work in legal practice (in a variety of capacities - solicitor, advocate on in-house counsel) in the following sectors: the cultural and creative industries (music, film, art and publishing); 'brand' management for medium to large corporations; innovation industries, such as information and digital technology, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Those from both EU and non-EU countries where the 'knowledge economy' is either developing or already rather crucial will be attracted to this pathway. This programme allows you to deepen or to broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject and assists your professional development by enhancing your problem-solving skills in a transnational context. Designed to maximise students' intellectual potential, it also keeps you grounded by drawing on the real world experiences of staff and other practitioners. The LLM offers a sharpened focus on our key areas of excellence and a commitment to offer a premier programme and a world class student experience. Aimed at recent law graduates (or graduates of joint degrees with a significant law content) as well as established legal professionals who may have graduated a number of years ago, the programme is rigorous and demanding and requires serious commitment.


Download the LLM Intellectual Property & Information Law brochure (pdf)

Innovations, creative works, collections of data and communications infrastructure are central components of our digital, global society. How the law is and should be applied to the regulation of these intangible assets are important questions for government and commerce around the world.

That is why the LLM in Intellectual Property & Information Law attracts students from a diverse range of jurisdictions and backgrounds. This is matched by a teaching faculty at King's that comprises a diverse mix of leading academics and practitioners - offering a wide variety of perspectives on  the role of Intellectual Property & Information Law today.

There is a strong international, European and comparative focus to the course and all of our students benefit from access to the wider legal community. Guest speakers, networking events, attendance at external seminars and participation in international mooting competitions are just some of what you can expect on this LLM.

Many members of The Dickson Poon School of Law have made a significant contribution to IP Law and are influential in this area:

Core programme content

You may choose to study one of our six specialist LLMs or create a unique programme tailored to your areas of interest. At the start of the semester you will have the opportunity to attend taster lectures and to speak to module leaders before you make a decision on whether to undertake a specialist or tailored LLM.

For all options, you will need to study full or half-modules that add up to a total of 180 credits. A list of all modules is shown below. Each module is worth 40 credits (with half modules worth 20 credits). You will need to select modules of your choice that add up to 120 credits in total.

To achieve the additional 60 credits you need to choose between guided LLM research options, which include a longer dissertation or shorter research essay requirement.

The modules listed below are those related specifically to the LLM in Intellectual Property & Information Law pathway. The general Master of Laws entry lists all available LLM modules.


In the first and second semester you study your selection of taught modules (half and full). These are in most cases assessed in the third semester (May/June) by written examination, or in some cases by the submission of an assessed essay. Please see further details for each individual module in the module list below.

Dissertation or research essays must be submitted in September, after the May/June examinations.

More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.

Teaching staff: Professor David Llewelyn, Mr John Hull
Module code: 7FFLA555
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Teaching pattern: 

Two-hour lecture.

Indicative/suggested reading: Llewelyn, Invisible Gold in Asia: Creating Wealth through Intellectual Property (Marshall Cavendish, 2010), available on Amazon.

Assessment:  written examination/s 
Two-hour exam.

Module description

Today, intellectual property rights (IPR) are potentially valuable assets. You look at ownership, commercialisation and value protection through dispute resolution and the licensing of patents and know-how, trade marks and copyright, as well as hybrid areas such as merchandising. Covered are: introduction to IP law; patents; know-how and trade secrets; plant varieties; copyrights; trademarks; registered and unregistered designs; IP due diligence in M&A transactions; IT/IS; IP valuation and taking security over IP; the internet and IP; antitrust and IP; protecting value.
Teaching staff: Andrea Appella
Module code: 7FFLA576
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Assessment:  written examination/s 
Two-hour exam.

Module description

The media industry is fast-moving and undergoing a process of development during the digital age. The objective of this course is to introduce the key features of the media industry and the significant issues arising from the application of competition and IP laws, including the case-law on anti-competitive agreements, abuse of market power and mergers in the industry. In particular, the course will cover:
  • The media industry: key features and market definitions;
  • Sport rights (joint selling and access to sports content);
  • Music: rights-holders, collecting societies and online distribution; industry consolidation; digital rights management;
  • Movies: industry features, theatrical distribution, pay TV, video and online distribution; copyright issues in the digital world.
  • Broadcasting: Pay-TV; public service broadcasting; the regulatory framework; mergers and alliances; Video on Demand (VOD).
  • Publishing, Multi-media and High-Tech: copyright issues raised by digital distribution; mergers.
  • Recent policy developments and challenges/opportunities going forward.


Teaching staff: Professor John Phillips 
Module code: 7FFLA514
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 
Teaching pattern: 

Two-hour lecture plus small group classes.

Indicative/suggested reading: Aplin, T and J Davis, Intellectual Property Law: Text, Cases and Materials (OUP, 2009) and Cornish, Llewelyn & Aplin, Intellectual Property: Patents Copyright and Allied Rights (7th ed., Sweet & Maxwell, 2010).

Assessment:  written examination/s 
Two-hour exam.

Module description

This module discusses copyright law and policy and its role in the protection of intellectual property rights in modern society. It analyses the law in relation to a range of subject matter including films, literary, artistic, dramatic and musical works. There is a consideration of key issues including the criteria for protection, ownership, the duration of copyright and the nature of the rights involved. There will also be an emphasis on issues of importance in professional legal practice, in particular, infringement (together with defences) and the remedies available for the enforcement of rights.

The module also analyses the legal regimes available for the protection of designs, especially as they impact on the business and artistic communities, including the acquisition of registered design protection in the United Kingdom and the European Community and the law relating to unregistered design rights.

Teaching staff: Professor Kevin Madders
Module code: 7FFLA588
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Assessment:  written examination/s 

To be advised.

Teaching staff: Professor Kevin Madders
Module code: 7FFLA589
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 
Assessment:  written examination/s 

To be advised.

Teaching staff: Professor Tanya Aplin
Module code: 7FFLA025
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 40
Semester:  Full-year 
Teaching pattern: Two-hour lecture.

Indicative/suggested reading: Ricketson and Ginsburg, International Copyright and Neighbouring Rights: The Berne Convention and Beyond 2nd ed. (OUP, 2005).

Assessment:  written examination/s 
Three-hour exam.

Module description

This module is designed to provide an international and comparative study of copyright and authors’ rights. The international Conventions (in particular the Berne Convention and TRIPs) will be examined together with the major features of copyright laws in the leading copyright systems (UK, France and the United States).

The module also has regard to special matters of contemporary interest: for example, moral rights, cable and satellite broadcasting, peer-to-peer file-sharing, software and databases. Although it would be desirable to have a prior knowledge of copyright law, it is not essential.

Teaching staff: Professor David Llewelyn
Module code: 7FFLA026
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 40
Semester:  Full-year 
Teaching pattern: Two-hour weekly lecture, one-hour tutorials from week 4/5.

Indicative/suggested reading: There is no textbook for this subject and materials will be posted online as required. Chapters 1, 2 and (particularly) 16 of Cornish, Llewelyn & Aplin Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyright, Trade Marks and Allied Rights (7th edition, 2010) are useful background reading.

Assessment:  written examination/s 
Three-hour exam.

Module description

An historical, economic and comparative examination of the common law and civil law concepts of trademarks, passing off and unfair competition, with particular reference to the UK and commonwealth jurisdictions; the USA; Canada; France and Germany; by looking at the international trade mark regimes and the role and influence of relevant conventions, agreements, protocols and treaties.

Teaching staff: John Hull
Module code: 7FFLA552
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20

The aim of this module is to provide you with a detailed understanding of European and UK patent law and the UK law of confidential information (or trade secrets), with particular reference to new technologies, such as biotechnology and information and communication technologies. The key features of European and UK patent law – registration, validity, infringement, exploitation and enforcement - will be examined, taking into account theoretical, policy and practical perspectives. The module will also cover recent developments to the UK law of confidence, both in relation to commercial information (trade secrets) and privacy. It is not essential to have a prior knowledge of patent law or trade secrets.
Teaching staff: Mr Perry Keller and Dr Jan Oster
Module code: 7FFLA076
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 40
Semester:  Full-year 

The module concerns the impact of information technologies on the private lives of individuals. The digitisation of information has brought about a multitude of data harvesting and processing technologies that now operate on a global scale. Information processing has become essential not just to finance and commerce, but also to advances in public health, education, crime prevention and economic growth.

In this module, you will study the legal concepts and rules that are used to determine the limits of personal autonomy and consent in the new world of 'big data'. It will focus on rights to privacy and confidentiality as well as countervailing rights and interests in freedom of speech, public order and security and collective well being. We will also examine laws that enable individual access to personal information, such as freedom of information law, and other means of controlling personal information. The module will focus on European legal standards, including their implementation in member states and states outside the European Union, as well as comparison with alternative legal models and concepts, such as those prevailing in the United States and China.

Teaching staff: Professor David Llewelyn, Professor John Phillips and Barbara Lauriat
Module code: 7FFLA549
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 2 (spring) 
Teaching pattern: 

Two-hour lecture, one-hour tutorial.

Indicative/suggested reading: Cornish, Llewelyn & Aplin: Intellectual Property (7th ed., 2010), ch 16.

Assessment:  written examination/s 
Two-hour exam.

Module description

This module analyses the law and policy in respect of registered trademarks. There is a consideration of the registration system for trademarks both in the United Kingdomand the European Community. In this context, the module covers central issues such as the subject matter which can be registered, absolute and relative grounds for refusal of registration, revocation, infringement and defences. Additionally, the module considers legal regimes for the protection of unregistered marks, in particular, the action for passing off (with its constituent elements of goodwill, misrepresentation and damage).

An assessment will be made of the effectiveness of the law of trademarks, both from the point of view of the business and general community, as well as the rights of the proprietor of the trademark in terms of the exploitation and use of the mark.

General entry advice

Minimum requirements to be considered for the LLM:

2:1 degree (or equivalent international qualification) in law (or a degree with at least 70% law content).

Exceptionally, you may be considered where a comparable academic level has been achieved through other graduate studies (such as a Graduate Diploma in Law) and where work or experience (at least three years legal work experience) has made you a suitable candidate for the LLM.

A pdf download of equivalent entry requirements by region is available from the "further information" tab.

NOTE: Meeting the minimum requirements for your application to be considered does not guarantee an offer. Applications for this programme are competitive. See "Applying, fees and funding" for further guidance. 

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Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and an application fee of £30 applies (non-refundable). Applications may be submitted from 1 October 2014.
All applications must be made to the generic Master of Laws (LLM) programme. If accepted, and once you have enrolled onto the LLM programme, you will have the opportunity to choose one of our specialist LLMs. At the start of the semester you will have the opportunity to attend taster lectures and to speak to programme/module leaders before you make a decision on whether to do a specialist or tailored LLM.

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Please see the LLM FAQ's PDF document for further information on how to complete your application.

We have three exciting scholarship opportunities available for the LLM programme, namely The Yeoh Tiong Lay LLM Scholarships, The Bosco Tso and Emily NG Scholarship Programme and the Nigerian Law Scholars Fund. Please also note that the new Norman Spink Scholarship Fund has recently been announced for 2015 entry. For further information about these scholarships and other available funding for the LLM, please visit For UK/EU applicants, please note our King's Master's Support Scheme 2015-16 (deadline for application 29 May 2015), where up to 273 new awards of £10,000 will be available to students looking to pursue masterís study in 2015. These awards are exclusively aimed at widening access to postgraduate study and are joint-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) and Kingís. For more information on this scheme and other available King's funding, please visit

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.

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

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.