Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction
    • Copyright: basic concepts and subsistence of copyright
    • Trade Mark
    • Passing Off, Consumer Protection and Domain Names
    • Confidential Information
    • Patents
    • Copyright I (Basic Concepts and Subsistence of Copyright)
    • Copyright II (Exploitation, Infringement, Exceptions and Remedies)
    • Copyright III (Digital Agenda, Moral and Related Rights) and Designs
    • Business Issues in Commercializing IP
    • Licensing and Franchising
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. explain the international and domestic policies that underpin the protection of intellectual property rights
  2. explain the impact of international and domestic cultural perspectives on the protection of intellectual property rights
  3. analyse and interpret the relevant statutory and common law regimes that protect intellectual property rights
  4. apply relevant legal concepts and principles to analyse and solve hypothetical problems or case studies.
  • Assignment 1 - Problem based assignment (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Written assessment (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Invigilated Exam-Final examination (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject provides an overview of copyright, design, patent and trademark legislation and an examination of how businesses can protect their intellectual property. It also introduces the common law torts of breach of confidence and passing off and some of the cultural implications associated with intellectual property rights.

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