LA0839 - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

SYNOPSIS OF MODULE

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of both the Commercial Route and General Practice Route elective groups. This module will be of interest to any student entering commercial practice or a niche intellectual property practice.

The law in this area is concerned with the protection of ideas and is growing in importance as individuals and businesses seek to identify and protect their intellectual property .On completion of the Intellectual Property vocational elective, students should have a general understanding of the law and practice involved in the identification, acquisition, protection, and enforcement of Intellectual Property rights.
The legal skills of drafting and practical legal research are also further developed in preparation for and during workshop sessions.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

SYNOPSIS OF MODULE

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of both the Commercial Route and General Practice Route elective groups. This module will be of interest to any student entering commercial practice or a niche intellectual property practice.

The law in this area is concerned with the protection of ideas and is growing in importance as individuals and businesses seek to identify and protect their intellectual property .On completion of the Intellectual Property vocational elective, students should have a general understanding of the law and practice involved in the identification, acquisition, protection, and enforcement of Intellectual Property rights.
The legal skills of drafting and practical legal research are also further developed in preparation for and during workshop sessions.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

INDICATIVE READING LIST OR OTHER LEARNING RESOURCES

Reading
Main Text
David Bainbridge Intellectual Property

Supplementary Reading
Phillips, Durie and Karet Whale on Copyright, Sweet & Maxwell
Reid

A Michaels A Practical Guide to Patent Law, Sweet & Maxwell
A Practical Guide to Trade Mark Law, Sweet & Maxwell


E-Learning Portal Site and Materials
A range of materials to support both large and small group sessions and to facilitate directed learning will be provided via the Commercial Law e-learning portal site.

INDICATIVE READING LIST OR OTHER LEARNING RESOURCES

Reading
Main Text
David Bainbridge Intellectual Property

Supplementary Reading
Phillips, Durie and Karet Whale on Copyright, Sweet & Maxwell
Reid

A Michaels A Practical Guide to Patent Law, Sweet & Maxwell
A Practical Guide to Trade Mark Law, Sweet & Maxwell


E-Learning Portal Site and Materials
A range of materials to support both large and small group sessions and to facilitate directed learning will be provided via the Commercial Law e-learning portal site.

OUTLINE SYLLABUS

Element 1 Identification of Intellectual Property Rights
The law and practice involved in the identification of all types of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) including:
• the nature of IPRs and identification of IPRs in a given item or scenario
• situations where IPRs might be important and the commercial and economic importance of IPRs
Element 2 Acquisition of Intellectual Property Rights
The law and practice involved in the acquisition of all types of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) including:
• the categories of copyright, rules of authorship and ownership of copyright and the duration of copyright protection
• the criteria for protection and ownership of designs and a basic understanding of when design protection might be relevant
• the pre-requisites for patentability and ownership of inventions/patents
• the protection of trade marks and the criteria for registration
• The rules regarding breach of confidence and the use of confidentiality agreements
• the method of application applicable to any of the IPRs and drafting the appropriate forms
• the national and international context in which the various IPRs exist
Element 3 Protection of Intellectual Property rights
The law and practice involved in the protection of all types of Intellectual Property rights including:
• methods of protecting IPR’S
• ownership and exploitation of IPRs
• drafting appropriate documentation
Element 4 Enforcement of Intellectual Property rights
The law and practice involved in the enforcement of all types of Intellectual Property rights including:
• infringement of IPRs
• remedies and/or defences

OUTLINE SYLLABUS

Element 1 Identification of Intellectual Property Rights
The law and practice involved in the identification of all types of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) including:
• the nature of IPRs and identification of IPRs in a given item or scenario
• situations where IPRs might be important and the commercial and economic importance of IPRs
Element 2 Acquisition of Intellectual Property Rights
The law and practice involved in the acquisition of all types of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) including:
• the categories of copyright, rules of authorship and ownership of copyright and the duration of copyright protection
• the criteria for protection and ownership of designs and a basic understanding of when design protection might be relevant
• the pre-requisites for patentability and ownership of inventions/patents
• the protection of trade marks and the criteria for registration
• The rules regarding breach of confidence and the use of confidentiality agreements
• the method of application applicable to any of the IPRs and drafting the appropriate forms
• the national and international context in which the various IPRs exist
Element 3 Protection of Intellectual Property rights
The law and practice involved in the protection of all types of Intellectual Property rights including:
• methods of protecting IPR’S
• ownership and exploitation of IPRs
• drafting appropriate documentation
Element 4 Enforcement of Intellectual Property rights
The law and practice involved in the enforcement of all types of Intellectual Property rights including:
• infringement of IPRs
• remedies and/or defences

AIMS OF MODULE

This elective aims to :
introduce students to all areas of intellectual property law including breach of confidence.
ensure students are aware of the importance of identifying and protecting all forms of intellectual property.
familiarise students with the kind of commercial problems where intellectual property issues will be relevant.
introduce students to examples of forms and precedents commonly used in intellectual property matters.
enable students to identify relevant intellectual property issues in commercial situations.
give students the confidence to give basic advice when dealing with clients.


It is also designed to enable students to further develop:
practical legal research and drafting skills acquired during Stage 1;
negotiation skills;
an appreciation of the financial and commercial constraints on commercial client’s and how they influence the role of the solicitor.

AIMS OF MODULE

This elective aims to :
introduce students to all areas of intellectual property law including breach of confidence.
ensure students are aware of the importance of identifying and protecting all forms of intellectual property.
familiarise students with the kind of commercial problems where intellectual property issues will be relevant.
introduce students to examples of forms and precedents commonly used in intellectual property matters.
enable students to identify relevant intellectual property issues in commercial situations.
give students the confidence to give basic advice when dealing with clients.


It is also designed to enable students to further develop:
practical legal research and drafting skills acquired during Stage 1;
negotiation skills;
an appreciation of the financial and commercial constraints on commercial client’s and how they influence the role of the solicitor.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of the Commercial Law vocational elective, students should

1. demonstrate an understanding of the nature and importance of intellectual property rights
2. identify relevant intellectual property issues in commercial situations
3. demonstrate an understanding of the practice and procedure involved in the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights
4. draft and review forms and precedents commonly used in intellectual property matters
5. Identify a clients goals and plan a clear strategy for achieving those goals taking into account constraints associated with a particular matter and any relevant conduct and regulatory issues
6. undertake research in the area using appropriate resources
7. give accurate and targeted advice to a client in a given scenario

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of the Commercial Law vocational elective, students should

1. demonstrate an understanding of the nature and importance of intellectual property rights
2. identify relevant intellectual property issues in commercial situations
3. demonstrate an understanding of the practice and procedure involved in the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights
4. draft and review forms and precedents commonly used in intellectual property matters
5. Identify a clients goals and plan a clear strategy for achieving those goals taking into account constraints associated with a particular matter and any relevant conduct and regulatory issues
6. undertake research in the area using appropriate resources
7. give accurate and targeted advice to a client in a given scenario

PREREQUISITES

NONE

Course info

Credits 1

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years part-time
1 other options available

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021

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