Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3082C: Trade Mark and Patent Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2012/3 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Charlotte Waelde (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


Both Trade Marks and Patents underpin multi billion pound businesses and are relevant to many aspects of commercial life.  In 2011 the Coca Cola brand was said to be worth $71861 million USD; Lipitor (a drug for heart disease) was said to be worth $11billion to Pfizer just before the patent expired. In this module you will examine the legal rules and principles involved in UK Trade Mark and Patent Law and the related areas of Passing Off and Free Movement of Goods. In addition to conceptualising the international, European and domestic regulatory framework for these areas you will analyse substantive patent and trade mark laws and their rationales.  By drawing on legal and non-legal materials you will explore the complex social, economic and political contexts in which the law operates and thus appreciate how important and relevant these areas of law are to daily commercial life.

Where appropriate practitioners will be invited to deliver lectures in order to illustrate how these laws work in practice.

No prior knowledge of the law in this area is required to take this module. You are strongly advised however to take the 15 credit module in copyright law as, studied together, the modules give an in depth knowledge of a broad part of intellectual property law.  Non law students can take this course but they would have to be willing to familiarise themselves with the legal environment in which the course is situated.  The course would be helpful for those of you going in to business as it teaches aspects of the law that you are likely to encounter during your career.

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