20 credits at level HE6
This module is intended to provide students with an HE level 6 level knowledge of intellectual property law. The module aims to give students the opportunity to develop their legal skills in a fast moving area of the law. Furthermore as it is an area of the law which is statute based students will gain valuable experience in interpreting statute law.
This module also aims to develop the Bolton core value of Internationalisation by linking U.K. intellectual property laws to the wider international frameworks.
This module is designed to cover the following;
* Introduction to the law of intellectual property, its aims and objectives and jurisprudence.
* Copyright law, including its duration, creation and infringement.
* Copyright infringement and the defences to a copyright action.
* Trade mark law. Trade mark registration, including the absolute and relative grounds.
* Trade mark infringement.
* Comparative advertising and other defences to a trade mark infringement action.
* European aspects of trade mark law.
* The role of merchandising.
* The common law tort of passing off.
* Patent law, including the filing for a patent application, duration , novelty, inventive step and actions for infringement.
* Registered designs and allied rights.
* Intellectual property law in a global context.
This module serves to emphasise employability skills for the following means.
(1) Communication Skills (T,D,A)
(2) Organisation and Planning (D)
(3) Problem Solving (T,D,A)
Assessment method and rationale
At HE level 6 teaching methods deployed are used to emphasise student autonomy. Seminars will be the dominant form of learning and that lectures become a sharing of information rather than dictation of information by the lecturer. This policy is in accord with demands of the Law Benchmarks at HE level 6.
The learning outcomes will be assessed by two 2500 word assignment (50% + 50% = 100% of the mark for this course). The assignments will test the studentís ability to critically appraise and synthesize legal material. Students will be presented with a complex Intellectual Property scenario which will require analysis and research. Sophisticated research methods are expected from learners emphasising the use of traditional and electronic sources. Students are expected to use good organisation and planning skills in solving and/or discussing legal problems. The method employed for this course should be viewed and supportive and complementary to those differing assessment methods used in other courses on this level, namely, Equity and Trusts and the Law Project (skills 3).
The learning hours for this module are made up of the following components:
Lectures 28 hours
Seminars 14 hours
Background reading 50 hours
Preparation for seminars 58 hours
Coursework 50 hours
Total hours 200 hours.
This module is assessed by two pieces of assessment. Each tests a different aspect of each learning outcome. You must pass both pieces of coursework in order to fully address the requirements of the learning outcomes and hence be successful in the module.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
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Subject knowledge and understanding
1.Evaluate issues in intellectual property law such as patents, trade marks and general protection of confidential information and communicate them in an effective manner
Generic Learning Outcomes
Subject knowledge and understanding
1.Through organisation and planning be able to critically appraise relevant legal principles in relation to the European and global aspects of intellectual property.
|2.||Cognitive skills in the context of the subject
2.Be able to critically evaluate the law of property in relation to intangibles.
Cognitive skills in the context of the subject
Critically appraise areas of successful application of intellectual property law and demonstrate a critical awareness of areas of contention and need for reform.
|3.||Subject specific practical/professsional skills.
3.Be able to critically evaluate the European and global aspects of intellectual property and apply to legal issues and problem scenarios.
Subject specific practical/professsional skills.
Critically analyse and apply true to life problems and scenarios and identify the rules of statute law and case law and critically evaluate areas of contention within a given framework of intellectual property law.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||coursework 2,500 words||Seminar paper 2,500 words|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Bentley L. and Sherman B.(2008) Intellectual Property Law, 3rd Edition, Oxford: Oxford Uinversity Press.
Aplin T. and Davis J.(2009) Intellectual Property Law: Text, Cases and Materials, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Bainbridge D., Intellectual Property, 8th Edition, (2010), Longman Pearson.
Bently L., Davis J., and Ginsburg J., Trade Matks and Brands, (2008), Cambridge University Press.
Carty H., An Analysis of the Economic Torts, 2nd Edition, (2010), Oxford University Press.
Cornish W., Llewellyn D., and Aplin T., Intellectual Property: Patents, Trade Marks and Allied Rights, 7th Edition, (2011), Sweet and Maxwell.
Dinwoodie G., Janis M., Trademark Law and Theory: A Handbook of Contemporary Research, (2008), Edward Elgar Publishing.
Dutfield G., and Suthersannen U., Global Intellctual Property Law, (2008), Edward Elgar Publishing.
Groves P., A Dictionary of Intellectual Property Law, (2011), Edward Elgar Publishing.
Jacob J.and Alexander W. (2004) A Guidebook to Intelectual Property, 5th Edition, London: Sweet and Maxwell.
Norman H., Directions: Intellectual Property Law, (2011), Oxford University Press.
Takenaka T., Patent Law and Theory: A Handbook of Contemporary Resarch, (2009), Edward Elgar Publishing.
Torremans P., Copyright Law: A Handobook of Contemporary Research, (2007), Edward Elgar Publishing.
European Intellectual Property Review
Intellectual Property Law Quaterly
International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law
Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property Law
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