SOAS University of London

School of Law

Intellectual Property Law

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 3 of 3 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Full Year

Intellectual property is a collective noun for an aggregate of individual disciplines of law: copyright, sui generis databases right, designs, patents, breach of confidence and trade marks.  The only common theme among them is that all are concerned with intangible creation.  Although the term intellectual property also includes plant and seed varieties, geographical indication, malicious falsehood and protection of performers, these will not be dealt with in this module.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The aims of the module are:

  • to provide a comprehensive study of the nature and development of the UK intellectual property system;
  • to examine the impact of international treaties and EU law on the intellectual property system of the UK; and
  • to assess whether the existing intellectual property system encourages creativity and innovation.  

At the end of the module a student should have a good knowledge and understanding of:

  • the evolution of the intellectual property system in the UK;
  • the general principles governing copyright, sui generis database right, registered and unregistered designs, patents and trade marks law;
  • the impact of new technologies on intellectual property; and
  • the impact of EU law on the intellectual property system of the UK.

Method of assessment

  • Coursework: 10% (1000 words) and 10% (1000 words)
  • Unseen written exam: 80%

Suggested reading

  • Aplin, T and Davis, J., Intellectual Property Law: Text, Cases and Materials 2nd ed (OUP, 2013).


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