LW3IP-Intellectual Property Law

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Stavroula Karapapa

Email: s.karapapa@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module explores the field of intellectual property law.

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the intellectual property system, with particular emphasis on the laws of copyright, patents, passing off, trade marks and breach of confidence; to identify and explore the rationales for intellectual property protection; and to enable students to assess their practical day to day implementation. Students should gain a broader conceptualisation of the interface between legal rules and physical realities.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Assessable outcomes
By the end of the module, the student should be able to:
•Identify the main rationales for intellectual property law
•Demonstrate a good grasp of the dynamics of intellectual property law
•Analyze and evaluate the law
•Critically appraise sources
•Organize the material used into coherent arguments

Additional outcomes:
•Assist students in developing a deeper interest in aspects of intellectual property law
•Further development of skills in oral communication, team-work and independent learning

Outline content:
•Introduction and overview of the intellectual property system
•Justifications for intellectual property rights
•Patent Law
•Copyright Law
•Passing off
•Trade Marks Law
•Breach of Confidence

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There are two or three lectures per week in the Autumn Term, and five tutorials in the Spring Term. Students are expected to prepare for tutorials, in which there is a group discussion of assigned questions. One non-assessed essay will also be set.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 25
Tutorials 5
Guided independent study 75 95
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One three-hour examination paper. Three questions to be answered from a selection of questions.

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    See School Guide (Programme Assessment).

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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    4) Printing and binding:
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    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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