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LEGS8007 - Intellectual Property Law

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Title:Intellectual Property Law
Long Title:Intellectual Property Law
Module Code:LEGS8007
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Law
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Coordinator: Pio Fenton
Module Author: COLIN MANNING
Module Description: Intellectual property law seeks to advance cultural and technological development by incentivising investment in intangible properties. The law tries to find the right balance between rewarding the owners of intellectual property and the needs of society to gain access to scientific, technological, or cultural developments. Intellectual property includes copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. This modules outlines the origins of these trade-offs, the choices societies have made, and explores the differences between European and English & Irish law.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the objectives of intellectual property
LO2 Describe the conflicting rights of intellectual property owners and the wider society
LO3 Describe the processes for obtaining copyright, patent, and trademark protections in Ireland and Europe and the scope of the protections
LO4 Critically assess the policy aims of Irish and EU legislative approaches to IP law and evaluate their effectiveness
LO5 Identify the challenges posed by new technologies to Intellectual Property protections
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
No requirements listed
Co-requisites
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Justifications for Intellectual Property
Instrumental Justifications, Droit d'auteur
Sources of Intellectual Property Law
English Common Law, Irish Law, EU Legislation, Harmonisation
Copyright
Development of copyright, idea/expression dichotomy, copyright responses to the Internet
Trademarks
Passing off, Irish Trademark Law, EU Trademark Harmonisation
Patents
EU Patent Law
Trade Secrets
Trade Secrets, the law of confidence
Domain Name Law
ICANN, Domain Names, UDRP
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Essay on Intellectual Property law 1,2 25.0 Week 6
Essay Essay on contemporary issues in Intellectual Property policy 4,5 25.0 Week 10
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End of Semester Formal Exam 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Intellectual Property Theory 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Discussion 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Theory 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Intellectual Porperty Theory 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Discussion 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Theory 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • David Bainbridge 2012, Intellectual Property, 9 Ed., Pearson London [ISBN: 978140828323]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Lionel Bently & Brad Sherman 2014, Intellectual Property Law, 4 Ed., Oxford University Press Oxford [ISBN: 9780199645558]
  • William Cornish, David Llewelyn, Tanya Aplin 2013, Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks & Allied Rights, 8 Ed., Sweet & Maxwell London [ISBN: 978184703923]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

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