Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3028: Intellectual Property

This module descriptor refers to the 2024/5 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Andrea Wallace (Convenor)

Dr James Griffin (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


You will learn about the ways in which the intellectual property system (IP) has developed, and why it operates as it does. In so doing, you will develop skills that will enable you to think about the system in an analytical manner. You will also cover the practical aspects, such as registration procedures where appropriate.


The IP module will also enable students to critically analyse the legal and policy framework for intellectual property law and to consider the effectiveness of the regulatory system, for instance, considering whether the intellectual property system achieves its purported aims.


The module will facilitate lively debate concerning potential proposals for legal reform, particularly in relation to the tests of IP infringement, and the application of the law to new areas such as, for example, 3D printing and biotechnological inventions.


The module will encourage you to pursue further study of the area, by looking at the application of the law to novel situations, and (subject to availability) by the involvement of practitioners during the module.

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