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Credit value: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Module Convenor:
Dr Matt Fisher
Other Teachers:
Dr Christopher Stothers
Mr John Hull
Professor David Llewelyn, 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 weeks (see term dates)
Who may enrol: LLM students
Prerequisites: None
Barred module combinations: None
Core module for specialism: Intellectual Property Law,International Commercial Law
Practice Assessment: to be confirmed
Assessment method for Masters students: 2-hour unseen written examination
Module Overview

Module summary

The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the application of intellectual property law in the commercial environment, including licensing, joint ventures and franchising.

At the end of the module students will be enabled to demonstrate the following:

  • A systematic understanding of the various mechanisms for the commercialisation of intellectual property rights, including licencing, joint ventures and franchising.
  • A critical awareness of the legal, structural and commercial difficulties arising from the commercialisation of intellectual property rights.
  • The ability to critically analyse and interpret the relevant legislation, the case law and legal documentation as well as academic literature in the field.

Module syllabus

  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Types of Dealings in IP (including franchising, assignment and Licensing)
  • Dealings in Copyright
  • Dealings in Trade Marks
  • Dealings in Patents and Plant Varieties
  • Dealings in Know-how and Trade Secrets
  • Dealings in Designs
  • IP Issues in Corporate Transactions (including due diligence, auditing)
  • Software Licensing
  • IP on the Internet
  • IP Valuation and Securitization
  • Antitrust, Free Movement and IP
  • Enforcement of IP (including litigation, mediation, remedies)

Recommended materials

There is no textbook for this module, but comprehensive materials will be provided in class.
The recommended statute book is A. Christie and S. Gare, Blackstone’s Statues on Intellectual Property (latest edition).

Preliminary reading

Students may wish to familiarise themselves with the different forms of intellectual property law by reading the introductory chapter(s) of any reputable IP textbook. Alternatively, a succinct summary can be found in M. Spence, Intellectual Property (OUP Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2007)

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


The application process for the 2014-15 academic session, for entry in September 2014, is now open.

Please refer to the How to apply section for information on the application process.