LW7039 - Intellectual Property

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will develop a critical understanding of national and European Law governing intellectual property rights. You will examine examine intellectual property rights in an international, EU and domestic context, considering both common law and statutory rules..

This module covers the following topics:

• the nature of IP rights.
• copyright and related rights
• trademarks
• designs
• patents
• confidentiality

How will I learn on this module?

You will be supported by a study schedule which outlines the study plan and activities (independent study, recommended reading, directed learning, self evaluative tasks, informal assessments) throughout the module.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, practical workshop based small group sessions, tutor guided directed independent learning, self study independent learning, problem solving and feedback. You will have access to webcasts which are specific to the module. The lectures will cover a range of key theoretical and practical concepts in each topic. The small group sessions are practical workshop based sessions which will enable you to examine the principles introduced in the lectures against relevant, realistic and practical scenarios when you will have carried out additional independent learning.

Independent learning will centre on you identifying further reading and research to provide deeper/broader knowledge and understanding of commercial contracts.

You will be provided with detailed feedback on your formative and summative assignment for this module and, as part of your reflective development, such feedback can be utilised in the preparation of subsequent module assessments on the programme.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The University is well-placed to support you in learning and research with an excellent library and teaching facilities, access to on-line legal databases and resources and appropriate software.

This module is designed and will be managed by your designated Module Tutor who will be responsible for guiding you in your engagement and learning on the module. All relevant materials and instructions will be accessible on-line through the module elp site, maintained by your Module Tutor, who will also provide updates on issues of current legal significance. Extensive use will therefore made of the elp at module level to facilitate discussions between you and your Module Tutor, to provide materials, make announcements and to highlight recent developments in the law.

Academic support is also available through formative feedback during timetabled sessions, on assignments and through a module teaching and learning plan (TLP) detailing delivery structure and any University requirements. At programme level you will be supported by the Programme Leader who will provide pastoral support throughout the module and the programme as a whole.

The Programme Administration and Student Liaison teams are responsible for the non-academic administration of the module, such as receiving your completed assignment, returning your marked assignment and recording your marks. They will contact you throughout the duration of your module with details about the study day, assignment hand-in dates and other issues.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
At the end of the module you will have:

• Developed knowledge and a critical understanding of national and European Law governing intellectual property rights.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

Have developed your skills
• Developed an ability to conduct rigorous and independent legal research in the context of national and European Law governing intellectual property rights, selecting, using and applying the relevant material to identify issues, construct rational arguments and present accurate legal information clearly, coherently and substantiated by authority.

• Developed an ability to reflect on and critically evaluate the operation of national and European Law governing intellectual property rights, identifying solutions to relevant problems.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• Gained a critical awareness of national and European Law governing intellectual property rights, and reflected on how those legal and ethical values align with your own personal and professional values.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed? (SRS 0006)
Please give details of all formative and summative assessment process indicating which MLOs will be addressed and how feedback will be provided.


Formative assessment will be achieved within by a variety of methods including self-test questions, group discussion, informal peer assessment and assessed and non-assessed exercises.

Summative Assessment will be undertaken on an individual basis by way of assignment which constitutes 100% of the marks for this module. This assignment aims to encourage a deep and critical approach to learning, developing an ability to think widely about the issues presented within the module and to explore these in-line with directed and independent learning.

The module is assessed by coursework with a maximum word limit of 3,000 words. The assessment will take the form of a discursive essay question which will be designed to facilitate examination of specific aspects of relevant law and related legal research and may include discussion of recent developments, where appropriate.
Assessment criteria will be provided to enable you to understand what is expected of you and how you will be judged on your performance.

You will be provided with appropriate written or oral feedback (as appropriate), and, as part of your reflective development, such feedback can be utilised in the preparation of subsequent module assessments on the programme.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module examines national and European Law governing intellectual property rights. You will develop knowledge and a critical understanding of intellectual property rights in an international, EU and domestic context, considering both common law and statutory rules. This will include the nature of IP rights, copyright and related rights, trademarks, designs, patents and confidentiality.

You will critically engage with research outputs as part of your research-rich learning, drawing from Northumbria’s extensive on-line databases and library facilities and will develop the ability to conduct rigorous and independent legal research in the context of intellectual property law. You will be able to reflect on and critically evaluate intellectual property law and to identify solutions to relevant problems. You will also be able to reflect on how intellectual property law aligns with your own personal and professional values.

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will develop a critical understanding of UK and European Law governing intellectual property rights. You will examine intellectual property rights in a variety of international and domestic contexts. You will look at both common law and statutory rules. This detailed content of the module includes the following topics: (1) the nature of IP rights, (2) copyright and related rights, (3) Trademarks, (4) Designs, (5) Patents, (6) Confidentiality. These topics will all be discussed within both a theoretical context and also in respect of practical scenarios that are drawn from work-based practice.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year Full Time

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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