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Postgraduate Certificate Intellectual Property - Online

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  • Objectives
    This part-time course provides a development opportunity and will increase your prospects and employability by giving you practical skills and theoretical knowledge that firms and Intellectual Property departments, alike, are demanding. It is designed to give a detailed overview of substantive intellectual property law, corresponding to the foundation level examinations for qualification as a patent attorney in the UK (JEB papers: P1, P5, T1, D&C, Law).
  • Entry requirements
    A UK honours degree (or equivalent), a professional qualification deemed to be equivalent to a degree or appropriate training and/or experience.
  • Course description
    You can complete this course whilst in full-time employment; more than 80% of our students are sponsored by their employers. If you do not have prior legal knowledge you will be supported by a range of online activities relating to foundational principles of law (such as English legal system, contract law and tort).

    You will gain specialist knowledge by studying the following:

        *Patents: Confidentiality; Exclusions from patentability and industrial utility; Novelty, Inventive Step and Obviousness in Patents; Patent Infringement and Interpretation of Patent Claims; Dealing in Patents and Patent Ownership
        *Trade Marks: Rationale, international European, UK framework, registration; Registration UK and EU (application, opposition, appeal, the role of the UK and European Courts); Absolute and relative bars; Infringement and defences; Exhaustion; Passing off; Internet issues
        *Registered & Unregistered Designs
        *Copyright: Subsistence, criteria for protection; Authorship and ownership; moral rights; Infringement and defences; Internet issues; Copyright tribunal; Competition law
        *Exploitation (assignments, licensing, franchising, security interests
        *Patent practice: Drafting workshop (enablement, clarity, requirement for specification); UK, PCT, EP and US patent prosecution, before and after grant; Evidence in patent proceedings
        *Trade Mark practice: Who is the proper applicant? Pre-application search of the Register; Priority claims; The mechanics of applying to register a UK Trade Mark and CTM; Overview of Trade Mark Law and Procedure in Europe; The US/Canadian approach; Devising a strategy for protecting Trade Marks around the world; Litigation procedure

    These topics are grouped into three (20 credit) Masters level units.

       1.Copyright and Trade Marks
       2.Patents and Designs
       3.International Patent and Trade Mark Practice

    On successful completion of the PG Certificate in Intellectual Property, you will obtain full exemptions from foundation examinations of the Joint Examination Board/CIPA.

    We are currently seeking direct accreditation from the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) to qualify trainees for foundation level Trade Mark Attorney qualifications.

    The course carries 60 masters level credits which can be subsequently build up to a PG Diploma (120 credits) or LLM in Intellectual Property (180 credits).


    The course starts in January, with online enrolment, and ends in June with a final 2 hour examination. You will find that approximately 60 hours of the course (over three weekends) are delivered by leading academics and practising experts in IP. To reinforce and develop your knowledge you will have to undertake approximately 12 hours per week of self-directed study (reading set texts and web resources, researching, participating in online tutor group activities etc.) using Bournemouth University 's virtual learning environment and electronic resources.

    The dedicated weekend course will be delivered in our Executive Business Centre on the Lansdowne Campus which is close to the town centre and the travel interchange, giving easy access to rail, bus and coach services.

    Please note that the deadline for applications onto this course in January 2012 is Monday 12 December 2011.

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