Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Intellectual Property Law
Academic Year
Semester 2
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  2500 Words  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Exam  written exam  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  2500 Words  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Exam  written exam  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the way in which intellectual property is regulated by the law with particular and detailed reference to the policy issues behind any decisions to protect intellectual property or to consign it to the public domain.

2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the statutory provisions and case law relating to copyright, designs, patents and trade marks.

3. Critically evaluate the often conflicting interests of the creators, the rights owners and the users of intellectual property.

4. Explain, apply and critically evaluate statutory provision and compare approaches to the issues covered in other jurisdictions, where appropriate. Demonstrate an understanding of the role intellectual property plays in commerce and industry, by referencing practical examples and the impact of the legal regime.

Brief description

Intellectual property law looks at the legal protection of new ideas and new products. It is an area where law is constantly responding to technological change. Intellectual property is used by us all and operates in several layers, with rights and protection arising in a number of ways. For example, Coca Cola Co. has a trade secret in its formula for Coke and a multi-billion pound trade mark. They pay a considerable sum per day to the inventor of the ring pull on drinks cans for the use of his patent. Perhaps of less economic significance, but of no less importance in terms of intellectual property protection, students generate copyrights in all their written work and make constant use of the copyrights of others in books, journals, software, databases and the Internet.


  • Copyright
  • International and European framework and initiatives National legislation: Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 Categories of Works
  • Criteria for Protection Authorship
  • Duration of Copyright
  • Rights of the Copyright Owner Exploitation of Rights Infringement and Defences
  • Trade Marks - Registered and Unregistered Designs - Registered and Unregistered Patents
  • Novelty Inventive step
  • Industrial application European initiatives
  • Patentability of computer software
  • Contemporary issues in IP law
  • Commercial and Industrial applications of intellectual property

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Seminar discussions/activities develop individual and group presentation and oral argument + courtroom scenarios.
Improving own Learning and Performance Seminar participation and exam preparation develop different aspects of academic research, from understanding and referencing sources through the dissemination of ideas to others orally, and developing written communication skills.
Information Technology Library and research skills are fundamental to preparation for seminars and assessed work.
Personal Development and Career planning Recommended topic for any considering working in commercial practice or IP related sector.
Problem solving Seminar discussion/preparation and debate.
Research skills Research and preparation for seminars and assessments.
Subject Specific Skills Reading and understanding legal materials particular to the law of intellectual property.
Team work Group activities and discussion.


This module is at CQFW Level 6