Intellectual Property Law

Module summary

Module code: LAW0825
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Law and Criminology
Module Coordinator(s): Justin Brunskell


Pre and co requisites

Legal Context and Contract Law course or equivalent.


The aim of the course is to examine the various aspects of Intellectual Property Law and provide students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the substantive principles and their application to a wide variety of situations involving the protection and commercial exploitation of intellectual property. The course also aims to provide students with the opportunity for in depth analysis of major areas of intellectual property law and to stimulate dialogue rather than passive receipt of wisdom.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Understand and critically evaluate the role of intellectual property law within a commercial environment.
2 Apply the law to fact based scenarios
3 Appreciate and reflect on legal intellectual property law issues within a commercial context
4 Interpret and apply intellectual property law in an impartial and critical manner
5 Demonstrate skills of independent research and autonomous study
6 Demonstrate, skills of independent research problem-solving and autonomous study in finding legal and non-legal solutions to complex factual scenarios

Indicative content

• Commercial and industrial exploitation of intellectual property.
• Passing off.
• Trademarks.
• Patents.
• Copyright.
• Protection of industrial designs.
• Trade secrets.
• Confidentiality and Privacy.
• Infringement and Remedies.

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be taught by means of student centred workshops, lectures and seminars. The structure of the course in terms of substantive law is to develop the knowledge and understanding of domestic and international intellectual property law. Seminar questions are provided based on problem-based scenarios and essay type questions that students will work on in small groups.

There are three assessments with some overlapping outcomes as intellectual property law covers a number of important but diverse topics with little or no overlap in knowledge. Theses assessments are designed to ensure that the entirety of the course is assessed and the learning outcomes met.


Method of Summative Assessment: Independent Research Assignment.
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4&5.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 33%.
Pass Mark: 40%.
Word Length: 2500.
Outline Details: An essay set on a narrow aspect of Intellectual Property Law, in which understanding and clarity of expression will be demonstrated.

Method of Summative Assessment: Problem based question.
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5&6.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 33%.
Pass Mark: 40%.
Word Length: 2500 words.
Outline Details: A problem question set on an aspect of Intellectual Property Law that has not been fully lectured. The purpose of this assignment is to enable students to achieve, in particular, the learning outcomes of independent research and autonomous study.

Method of Summative Assessment: Exam.
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4&6.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 34%.
Pass Mark: 40%.
Outline Details: A 1.5 hour, online multiple-choice exam consisting of 34 questions covering the topics not tested by the coursework. Formatted to be in line the new Single Qualifying Exam.

Method of Summative Assessment: Alternative Assignment.
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5&6.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 33%.
Pass Mark: 40%.
Word Length: 1500/6000 words.
Outline Details: Group work based on the Oxford IP Moot, the students will make two 3000 word submissions based on the moot problem as a group and a 1500 individual submission based on their area of research. Each part weighted at 50% of the mark. This is a voluntary alternative coursework, that replaces one of the essays and is depending on the moot problem and volunteers, so may or may not be appropriate to offer in any given academic year.

Students are not required to pass all elements of summative assessment in order to pass the course.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
An online multiple-choice practice exam.