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THE COMMERCIALISATION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (LAWSG062) Credit value: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Assessment method for Masters students: 2-hour unseen written examination
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.
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)
IP on the Internet
IP Valuation and Securitization
Antitrust, Free Movement and IP
Enforcement of IP (including litigation, mediation, remedies)
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).
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.
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