Master International & Comparative Intellectual Property Law

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  • Objectives
    The course is centred on the needs of the modern professional lawyer working or intending to work in an intellectual property environment, whether in commerce, in-house as a lawyer, or in private practice. We offer six specialist taught modules in different aspects of intellectual property, as well as alternative complementary options in, for example, EC Competition Law, so you can really specialise in this highly technical but expanding area. The commercial world is increasingly seeking to protect its ideas and inventions, and the electronic environment presents new challenges. The course of legal study is set in a broad context while giving you a detailed knowledge and depth of understanding. Tuition is through seminars for which you will be expected to come prepared and willing to contribute to a discussion. Participation will help you develop analytical, critical, communication and research skills useful not only for your studies but on which you can build in your future career. A compulsory one-week foundation programme precedes the first semester to provide you with a foundation in common law and EC legal principles, skills of information technology, legal writing, library research and examination technique.
  • Entry requirements
    Normally a UK or overseas degree in law of at least lower second class or its equivalent. Alternatively, a non-law degree plus a professional legal qualification. Prior certificated learning may be given credit.
  • Academic title
    LLM International & Comparative Intellectual Property Law
  • Course description
    Course structure
    You can choose to take either eight taught modules and a research essay or six taught modules and a dissertation. Students who wish to undertake a dissertation or are required to do so by employers/sponsors must discuss the topic of the dissertation with the course leader before undertaking it, so that an appropriate topic can be approved and an appropriate supervisor allocated.

    You will study some compulsory modules, and then may choose from those modules listed here or from any of the extensive list of comparative business law modules OR from approved modules in related non-law postgraduate courses offered by other departments of the University. You will not be permitted to take modules from other courses if broadly the same material is covered.

    All students must take Researching Business Law.

    The intellectual property modules include:

    -Comparative Copyright Law
    -Comparative Designs Protection Law
    -Comparative Patents and Confidential Information Law
    -Comparative Trademarks Law
    -E-commerce and the Law
    -Intellectual Property Rights: Competition and World Trade Laws

    Examples of complementary modules:

    -EC Competition Law
    -EC Trade Law
    -International Economic Law

    Assessment is through a mix of seen and unseen examination questions and independently researched work.

    Career opportunities
    This degree provides highly specialised knowledge and skills for those who wish to be practitioners. A Masters degree in law is a natural stepping-stone towards an MPhil or PhD.

    Attendance & duration
    Full-time: 1 year
    Part-time (eve): 2 - 5 years
    Part-time (day): 2 - 5 years

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