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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)
Content

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.

Syllabus:

  • Introduction
  • Patenting Process & Strategy
  • Entitlement and Employee Inventions
  • 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

Background Reading (optional):

The patent and breach of confidence chapters in Jacob, Alexander & Fisher, Guidebook to Intellectual Property, (Hart Publishing, 2013) provide a good overview of the subjects covered 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
Assessment
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

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