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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW3340 Intellectual Property Law

20 creditsClass Size: 256

Module manager: Dr Cesar Ramirez-Montes
Email: C.J.Ramirez-Montes@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is mutually exclusive with

LAW3341Intellectual Property: Creative and Technology Assets
LAW3342Intellectual Property: Commercial and Marketing Assets

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The course will be predominantly 'black letter law' by nature - covering the content and application of the criteria for determining whether unregistered IP rights subsist, whether registered IP rights may be obtained, whether an infringement has occurred and whether any defences are applicable. Socio-legal issues will have a more minor role in relation to the hot topics of music piracy by peer-to-peer file-sharing and the exploitation of celebrities' images.

Objectives

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module, the student should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the main forms of intellectual property (IP) protection under UK law
- analyse problem questions concerning IP scenarios
- critically analyse the use of IP law in a number of contexts


Syllabus

The course will be predominantly 'black letter law' by nature - covering the content and application of the criteria for determining whether unregistered IP rights subsist, whether registered IP rights may be obtained, whether an infringement has occurred and whether any defences are applicable. Socio-legal issues will have a more minor role in relation to the hot topics of music piracy by peer-to-peer file-sharing and the exploitation of celebrities' images.

Twenty lectures will cover the main forms of IP protection: patents, registered designs, registered trademarks, copyright, design right, database rights, and the tortious actions for passing off and breach of confidence. Seven seminars will build on the learning from the lectures through the discussion of problem-solving scenarios, practical issues and points of legal policy.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture201.0020.00
Seminar71.007.00
Private study hours173.00
Total Contact hours27.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

80 hours - compulsory reading for lectures (i.e. 4 hours per lecture) which will provide the necessary background for students to complete the formative essay;
14 hours - seminar preparation (i.e. 2 hours per seminar);
79 hours - recommended reading, self-directed private study and revision

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored through seminar exercises, a mock exam and a mini essay.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 word essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 09:50:04

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