Undergraduate Module Descriptor


LAW3082: Trade Mark and Patent Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.

Module Aims

The aims of this module are

(1)   to explore, analyse and critique the:

  • rationales for patents and trade marks within their international, European and domestic  context
  • social, economic and political tensions impacting on these intellectual property rights
  • practical settings in which protection and exploitation take place

(2)   to develop academic and transferable skills including

  • writing skills suitable for blog posts and academic essays
  • different ways in which information may be thought about and presented in poster format

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. recognise, recall, explain and analyse the rules and underlying rationales of trade mark and patent law and the related areas of passing off and free movement of goods
2. recall and explain the different social, political and economic influences upon patent and trade mark laws
3. develop and formulate your own perspectives on the current state of the law and how it might be reformed if necessary
4. understand contemporary challenges facing trade mark and patent law
Discipline-Specific Skills5. locate and access primary and secondary sources, both legal and non-legal
6. show that you have knowledge of how to apply for intellectual property rights
7. demonstrate your ability to critically analyse the substance & rationale of patent and trade mark law
8. identify and analyse problems arising from the manner in which patent and trade mark law is currently implemented
9. undertake independent research
Personal and Key Skills10. select, prioritise, analyse and organise your research to a strict deadline, in order to construct original argument
11. analyse your own performance in the subject in order to develop independent learning
12. develop your ability to become active learners, and to have an appropriate conception of how to apply what you have learnt in practice