You need to study full- or half-modules (see module list below) worth 180 credits.
Each module is worth 40 credits (with half modules worth 20 credits). You will need to select modules of your choice that adds up to 120 credits in total.
To achieve the additional 60 credits you need to choose between:
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 the submission of an assessed essay.
Indicative/suggested reading: Llewelyn, Invisible Gold in Asia: Creating Wealth through Intellectual Property (Marshall Cavendish, 2010), available on Amazon.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two-hour lecture, one-hour tutorial.
Indicative/suggested reading: Cornish, Llewelyn & Aplin: Intellectual Property (7th ed., 2010), ch 16.
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.