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  • Entry requirements
    an upper second honours degree in law, intellectual property, e-commerce, copyright, patents, or non-UK equivalent.
  • Course description

    If you want to ...
    • study the key principles behind patents and copyright
    • examine the key cases that shaped intellectual property rights law
    • explore the rationales behine trademarks, designs and trade secrets
    • learn about the creatuion, acquisition and application of intellectual property rights

    ... then LLM Intellectual Property Law is the course for you.

    LLM Intellectual Property Law offers you a comprehensive programme on law, management and policy relating to patents, copyright, trade marks and other rights.

    You will examine international and comparative perspectives that cover traditional IP issues like industrial property, literary and artistic works and brands.

    The course also provides you with the opportunity to study new and emerging areas of policy including the digital economy and biotechnology.

    Our programme reflects the growing importance of international developments in IP, and confronts growing controversies such as the relationships between IP and human rights norms, access to knowledge, health and economic development. 

    This course enables you to pursue a career in the legal professions, in knowledge-intensive commercial sectors, and in other occupations where in-depth understanding of intellectual property is economically or strategically important, such as government service and in non-governmental organisations.

    The programme is also accessible to non-lawyers.


    This course has five compulsory modules. You also choose another four optional modules to complete your programme.

    Compulsory Modules
    Patents and Copyright provides you with a thorough grounding in the law of patents and copyright. You will cover the key principles of patents and copyright, and certain major cases that helped to shape the modern law of these intellectual property rights and their convergence towards harmonised international standards of protection. 

    Trade Marks, Geographical Indications, Designs and Trade Secrets covers the key principles of trade marks, geographical indications, designs and trade secrets. You will also consider the economic and philosophical rationales behind these concepts and investigate why these rights are so controversial in today's globalised economy. 

    Intellectual Property Management introduces you to key contemporary debates relating to the application of intellectual property law in terms of the conferring of IP rights and the managerial strategies employed to protect them. You will explore the creation, acquisition and management of rights relating to the ownership of creative, marketing, information and technological IP assets. 

    Research Methods focuses on the mechanics of the research process: how to formulate research questions, design research strategies and generally go about the process of 'researching.'

    Dissertation allows you to tailor your own programme of training and research in consultation with a member of staff drawn from the school's MA/PhD supervisory panel.
    Optional modules
    • International Governance of Intellectual Property
    • Cybercrimes: Computers and crime in the information age
    • Intellectual Property in the Digital Environment: the Internet and file sharing
    • Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions
    • Health, Food and Biotechnology

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