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Unit information: Intellectual Property in 2021/22

Unit name Intellectual Property
Unit code LAWDM0022
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Lee
Open unit status Not open




School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will provide an overview of the different types of intellectual property and their function and justification. It will focus on the UK, international and EU framework for the protection of copyright, trademarks and patents and the implications of harmonization for the enforcement of intellectual property rights.

The main topics covered will be:

  • History, function and justification of intellectual property rights
  • Foundations of the international and European intellectual property rights system
  • Legislation and cases relating to scope of protection and enforcement of copyright, trademarks and patents
  • Interaction of European and UK courts
  • Challenges posed by harmonization of IP rights

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able:

  1. Describe and analyse the main features of the UK Intellectual Property rights system and its relationship to the European and International Property rights system.
  2. Explain and evaluate the basic principles of protection and enforcement of copyright, patents and trademarks in UK law.
  3. Identify and accurately apply relevant legislation and leading case law to factual scenarios and problems
  4. Analyse and compare how UK and EU law are applied to the determination of IP disputes
  5. Identify gaps, overlaps and tensions between international, EU and domestic IP laws
  6. Evaluate the impact of international and European harmonization of IP rights
  7. Identify and think critically about some of the key challenges presented by proposals for reform of IP rights.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities

Assessment Information

2 x summative assessments: 1x coursework and 1 x Timed Open Book Assessment with a specified word count

The assessment will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.


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How much time the unit requires
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