Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

Credit value: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Module Convenor:
Dr Matt Fisher
Other Teachers:
Professor John Philips, King’s College London (KCL)
Mr Stephen Jones, Baker and McKenzie, Guest Lecturer


The aim of this module is to give students a detailed understanding of the law of copyright and designs in the United Kingdom and the European Union in relation to subject matter such as books, films, computer software, artistic works and performances. The module will focus on issues relating to acquisition of rights and also their infringement and enforcement.


  • Overview; justifications; the international & EU context
  • Subject Matter – Authorial works
  • Subject Matter – Entrepreneurial works
  • Originality
  • Qualification, Duration, Authorship and First Ownership
  • Moral Rights
  • Infringement I
  • Infringement II
  • Defences
  • Designs

Background Reading (optional):

Spence, ‘Justifying Copyright’ in McClean and Schubert (eds), Dear Images: Art, Copyright and Culture (Manchester, Ridinghouse, 2002), 389-403.

The copyright chapters in Jacob, Alexander & Fisher, Guidebook to Intellectual Property, (Hart Publishing, 2013) give a good overview of the subject and could be used as an introductory guide.

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

Delivery and enrolment
Lectures/Seminars: 11 x 2-hour seminars

Please note:
There is no reading week associated with this module: it runs uninterrupted from the start to the end of term.
Tutorials: Yes
Previous module enrolments: Medium – 16-50 students
Who may enrol: LLM students
Prerequisities: None
Barred module combinations: None
Core Module for LLM specialism: Intellectual Property Law
Final Assessment: 2-hour unseen written examination
Practice Assessment: Opportunity for feedback on one 2,000 word optional practice essay
Other Information
Intercollegiate Teaching: This module is jointly taught with King’s College London

This page was last updated on 8 July, 2014