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Unit information: Introduction to Intellectual Property in 2021/22

Unit name Introduction to Intellectual Property
Unit code LAWD20043
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Cheng-Davies
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

The unit will provide an overview of the UK/EU intellectual property regime, focusing on the legal instruments and principles relating to copyright, trade marks and patents. It will situate UK law within the international and European intellectual property system and examine the implications of harmonization for the enforcement of intellectual property rights.

Topics covered are:

  • History, function and justification of intellectual property rights
  • Foundations of the international and European intellectual property rights system
  • Core legislation and cases relating on UK/EU copyright, trade marks and patents
  • Overlapping jurisdiction of courts and Implications of harmonization for enforcement of IP rights

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

1. Describe the main features of the UK Intellectual Property Rights system and its relationship to the European and International Property Rights system.

2. Explain the basic principles of protection and enforcement of copyright, patents and trademarks in UK law.

3. Identify and apply relevant legislation and leading case law to factual scenarios and problems

4. Analyze and compare how UK and EU law are applied to the determination of IP disputes

5. Critically appraise the impact of EU harmonization on national IP law.

Teaching Information

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

Assessment Information

1 x summative assessment: Timed Open Book Assessment with a specified word count (100%)

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


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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