2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
LAW5697M Patent Law
15 creditsClass Size: 60
Module manager: Professor Graham Dutfield
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Module replacesLAW5685M Patents and Copyright
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThe module covers the key principles of patent law, the major cases that helped to shape the modern law of this intellectual property right, and the convergence of patent laws towards harmonised European and international standards of protection. It also considers the economic and philosophical rationales and shows why patents are so controversial in today's globalised economy.
ObjectivesThis module aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in British, European, United States and international patent law. Accordingly, and in order to solidify students' understanding of patent law and its role in the modern globalised economy, it considers the evolving economic and philosophical rationales for this right and investigates how far these rationales genuinely reflect present-day realities.
On completion of this module students will:
- be familiar with the literature on patent law;
- be able to assess the reasons informing and the implications of the growing internationalisation of patent law;
- be able to appreciate the theoretical and policy context (particularly with regard to notions of globalisation) underpinning many of the debates concerning the internationalisation of patent law and also the contemporary policy relevance of such inquiries;
- be capable of assessing the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to the study of patent law and the analysis of comparative policy convergence;
- have developed the ability to research, analyse and communicate in an informed and critical way theoretical accounts and empirical studies within the field of patents;
- be able to relate the issues in the literature to their understanding of patent law policy developments within their own and a variety of other countries.
The student will:
- develop an understanding of how to study patent law from an international and comparative perspective;
- be cognisant of the critical issues relating to patents;
- be able to organise their research endeavours productively;
- be able to write cogently about patent law.
The course will cover the following subjects:
Patent Law: Justifications, Subject Matter, Disclosure, Claims
The Main Criteria: Novelty, Inventive Step, Industrial Application
Inventorship and Ownership
Nature of Rights, Infringement, Defences
International and Comparative Patent Law
|Private study hours||150.00|
|Total Contact hours||0.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyThe School is committed to providing an excellent student education and experience. This will involve a variety of teaching methods and follow a blended learning model, including meaningful on-campus in-person teaching for all students. Further information regarding teaching delivery will follow.
Opportunities for Formative Feedback1) Attendance will be monitored to provide early warning of possible extra-curricular problems that may be inhibiting progress.
2) The lecturer will strive to ensure active and equitable participation by all who follow the course.
3) The assessed essays will provide an objective measure of student progress and performance.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||1 x 3,000 words||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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