Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM675: Intellectual Property Law and Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2008/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Seminar 1: Introduction to Patent Law and Theory/The International System of Protection: An Overview

Seminar 2: The EPC and Biotechnological Inventions: The Concept of 'Invention', the Patentability of Plant and Animals and the Jurisprudence of the EPO

Seminar 3: The Biotechnology Directive: issues in respect to morality

Seminar 4: Farmer's Rights, Biodiversity and BioPiracy

Seminar 5: Software Patents

Seminar 6: Copyright Law: Theoretical Foundations

Seminar 7: The International Context of Copyright Protection/The European Approach

Seminar 8: Originality and the Database Directive

Seminar 9: The Information Society Directive and the Public Domain

Seminar 10: Linking on the Net / Napster / Kazaa

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Postgraduate seminars. Students will be expected to read in advance of each class, and be ready to contribute to the discussion at each seminar. They will also prepare a detailed paper (around 2,000 words) on a topic that will be presented to the seminar group (during which seminar they will be expected to lead discussion). Students will work independently on examination essays.

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities: