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Intellectual Property Law LAW3020

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The intellectual property course is designed to introduce students to the law relating to intellectual property rights, some of the policy underlying it, and also to discuss recent developments in substantive law.


Weekly two hour seminars - Tuesday 1300-1500

Requirements of Entry

This course is only available to LL.B and Law exchange students


Assessment consists of a 2,280 word answer to a problem (30%) and a three hour final exam (70%) in which three questions must be answered from eight.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The principal aim of this course is to promote familiarity and understanding of the law as it relates to the field of Intellectual Property in the United Kingdom and Europe and to situate that understanding within an international context.
Further aims are:
(i) to develop the analytical and critical skills of students by detailed examination some of the relevant legislation, conventions and cases governing Intellectual Property law;
(ii) to instil in students an ability to constructively criticise current Intellectual Property law and to suggest and evaluate possible reforms;
(iii) to give students some knowledge of the practical applications of Intellectual Property law;
(iv) to foster an understanding of and ability to evaluate areas of controversy within this area of law.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able:
(i) to identify the current law in this country and aspects of the law in selected other jurisdictions as it relates to Intellectual Property;
(ii) to apply their knowledge to the solution of a legal problem;
(iii) to demonstrate an ability to critically assess the current state of the law and developments in the law;
(iv) to identify and comment on areas of current controversy in intellectual property.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Non-honours students must complete all of the assessment for the course. The normal completion requirements set out in the Code of Assessment apply to honours candidates.