Undergraduate Module Descriptor


LAW3082C: Trade Mark and Patent Law

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

Please note that this module is delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

This module examines 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.

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