LAWSG189 Law of Patents
|LAWSG189: LAW OF PATENTS|
|Credit value:||30 credits (15 ECTS, 300 learning hours)|
|Other Teachers:||Christopher Stothers|
|Teaching Delivery:||20 x 2-hour weekly seminars, 10 seminars per term, Term One and Two|
|Who may enrol:||Any UCL Master’s student|
|Must not be taken with:||None|
|Qualifying module for:||LLM in Intellectual Property|
|Introductory video||Currently there is no introductory video for this module|
|Practice Assessment:||Opportunity for feedback on one optional practice essay per term (two in total)|
|Final Assessment:||One 3,000-word essay (50%) and one 2-hour unseen written examination (50%)|
This is a module which, as the title suggests, seeks to cover the major aspects of patent law (with a little bit of trade secrecy thrown in for good measure). It is focused primarily on the law as applied in the UK and other members of the European Patent Organisation. However comparative examples will be utilised where appropriate in order to flesh out some of the concepts studied. The module aims to explore the fundamentals of patent law: the underlying justifications (theoretical, historical and economic) of the modern patent system in both the domestic (UK) and international context. It further aims to explore the component elements that make up patent law from the point of an invention’s conception through the application for, and enforcement of, patent rights. As such, it aims to examine the issues and difficulties relating to the acquisition of patent rights, as well as their infringement and enforcement. In addition, the module will engage with topical issues relating to patent law – these may vary on an annual basis. The module will aim to enable students to critically assess and interpret relevant case law, legislation and academic literature in the field. It will also aim to provide students will knowledge and understanding of how to apply their knowledge to legal problems and engage with normative debates in this field.
Principal topics include:
Other topics which may be covered include (this is a non-exhaustive list)
Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment.
For a broad overview of the patent system in the UK see: