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LA366 - Global Intellectual Property Law & Policy

  • Module code: LA366
  • Module name: Global Intellectual Property Law & Policy
  • Department: Law School
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

"This module offers an introduction to global aspects of law and policy relating to intellectual property rights. Intellectual property rights provide a vital – though not the only – means of protecting and regulating the use of intangible assets comprising knowledge, information and creativity. Recent years have witnessed an expanding spectrum of subject matter that can be protected through one or another type of intellectual property right which is also accompanied by a strengthening of the rights conferred through law. With the growing commercial significance of these ‘assets’, the standards of protection have been enhanced and globalised and a wide range of issues associated with the protection, exploitation and use of “intellectual objects” have come to the forefront. Reflecting some of these concerns is a proliferation of multilateral forums that have sought to consider matters pertaining to intellectual property – at times with contesting and contrasting norms, principles and legal/political rights. The global architecture of intellectual property law is highly complex and includes not only the TRIPS Agreement but a treaties agreed at multilateral forums (e.g. the Convention on Biological Diversity, treaties administered by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, to name a few) and the norms and principles articulated in other fora. "

Principal learning outcomes

The module has the following objectives:To enable students to gain an awareness of various philosophical justifications for intellectual property rights and the expanding utilitarian significance of intellectual property in the context of global trade and economic activity; To provide students with a firm grasp of the core principles of intellectual property law as they apply to the different instruments of intellectual property (e.g. copyright, patents, trademarks, geographical indications, plant breeders’ rights, etc.); To enable students to develop an awareness of the ways in which the global architecture of IP law relates to particular jurisdiction either national (e.g. US) and/or regional (e.g. European Patent Convention) and is also shaped by countervailing norms and principles from other multilateral forums (e.g. the Convention on Biological Diversity); To introduce students to the legal and regulatory problems associated with contemporary developments in technology and commercial practice (e.g. patenting of biotechnological ‘inventions’, legal protection of software and databases, ‘parallel trade’ in goods, etc.); To acquaint students with a wide and growing series of global public policy issues associated with the expanding spectrum of subject matter under intellectual property and widening scope of the rights so conferred (e.g. patents and access to medicine, intellectual property in plant genetic resources and farmers’ rights, etc.).

Timetabled teaching activities

The module will be taught by means of weekly lectures and seminars.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/current/undergraduate/materials/LA366

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: LA366-15)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
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