UCL FACULTY OF LAWS
Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

PATENTS AND TRADE SECRETS (LAWSG065)
Credit value: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Module Convenor:
Dr Matt Fisher
Other Teachers:
Professor Tanya Aplin, King’s College London (KCL)
Intercollegiate teaching: Yes, this module is jointly taught with King’s College London (KCL)
Teaching Method: 11 x two-hour seminars - please note: as this module is jointly taught with King's College London, it will run during reading week
Who may enrol: LLM students
Prerequisites: None
Barred module combinations: None
Core module for specialism: Intellectual Property Law
Assessment
Practice Assessment: Formative essay (2,000 words)
Assessment method for LLM students: 2-hour unseen written examination
Module Overview

Module summary

The aim of this module is to provide students with a detailed understanding of patent law and practice in the UK, and also covers select aspects of trade secrecy law where appropriate. The module examines the system for the registration of a UK patent, dealing with issues of procedure, patentability and entitlement as well as infringement, defences and the determination of patent scope. By the end of the module, students will be in a position to critically analyse and interpret all relevant legislation, the relevant case law of the UK courts and the decisions of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office, and academic literature in the field.

Module syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Patenting Process & Strategy
  • Novelty
  • Inventive Step & Sufficiency
  • Patentable Subject Matter: Software & Business Method Inventions
  • Patentable Subject Matter: Biotechnological & Medical Inventions
  • Patent Infringement: Construction
  • Patent Infringement : Infringing Acts & Exceptions
  • Enforcement, Litigation & Licensing
  • Confidential Information

Recommended materials

Bently & Sherman, Intellectual Property Law 3rd ed (OUP, 2008), Ch 1, Ch 14
OR
Cornish, Llewelyn & Aplin, Intellectual Property 7th ed (Sweet & Maxwell, 2010), Ch 3

Preliminary reading

Jacob R., Alexander D., & Lane L., A Guidebook to Intellectual Property, (2004, Sweet & Maxwell, 5th Ed) – read the chapters on patents (they’re only short)

Other information: N/A
Prizes for this module: There are currently no prizes available for this module.