LAWSG187 Contemporary Aspects of Intellectual Property

Credit value: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS, 150 learning hours)
Convenor: Ilanah Fhima
Other Teachers: Matt Fisher;
Daniela Simone
Teaching Delivery: 10 x 2-hour weekly seminars, Term Two
Who may enrol: LLM students only
Prerequisites: None
Must not be taken with: None
Qualifying module for: LLM in Intellectual Property Law
Introductory video
Practice Assessment: Opportunity for feedback on one optional practice essay
Final Assessment: One 3,000-word essay (100%)
Module Overview
Module summary:

This module introduces students to high-level issues that are not normally taught in standard intellectual property courses. Teaching draws directly on the teachers’ research interests. In this highly participatory course, students will be introduced to differing approaches and methodologies utilised in the study of IP and to the most pressing issues in the IP arena, with the aim of completing a piece of independent research in this cutting edge field

This course introduces students to the philosophy and economics of IP, as well as the international regime for the protection of IP. It examines the cross-cutting challenges that pervade the IP system through the lens of particular problematic areas in the field.

Module syllabus:

  1. Introduction to IP
  2. Philosophy of Intellectual Property
  3. Economics of Intellectual Property
  4. International aspects of IP

Other topics will vary from year to year, depending on research interests of those teaching, and topical developments, but may include

  1. Traditional cultural expression
  2. Geographical indications
  3. Standard setting
  4. Access issues in IP
  5. IP overlaps
  6. The public domain
  7. Empirical studies as a means of understanding IP
  8. Human rights and intellectual property
  9. Interdisciplinary aspects of trade marks (psychology, semiotics and language etc)
Recommended materials:

The course will draw heavily on articles by leading US academics, which are all available through Hein Online. IN relation to European law, relevant journals include the IIC, European Intellectual Property Review, Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice and Intellectual Property Quarterly.

There are very many relevant monographs, which include:

  • Drahos, A Philosophy of Intellectual Property (Dartmouth, 1996)
  • Landes and R. Posner, The Economic Structure of Intellectual Property Law (Bellknap Press, 2003)
  • Griffiths, An Economic Perspective on Trade Mark Law (Elgar, 2011)
  • Dreyfuss et al, Intellectual Property at the Edge: the Contested Contours of IP (CUP, 2014)
  • Wilkof and S. Basheer, Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights (OUP, 2013)

Edward Elgar’s Research Handbook series also contains a number of relevant titles.

Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment.

Preliminary reading:

  • Suthersanen and G. Dutfield, Global Intellectual Property Law (Elgar, 2008)