Intellectual Property Law
University of Reading
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits6
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units8
Hours & Credits
OverviewModule Provider: School of LawNumber of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]Level:6Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term modulePre-requisites:Non-modular pre-requisites:Co-requisites:Modules excluded:Module version for: 2014/5Module Convenor: Dr Stavroula KarapapaEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgSummary module description:This module explores the field of intellectual property law.Aims:This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the intellectual property system, with particular emphasis on the laws of copyright, patents, passing off, trade marks and breach of confidence; to identify and explore the rationales for intellectual property protection; and to enable students to assess their practical day to day implementation. Students should gain a broader conceptualisation of the interface between legal rules and physical realities.Assessable learning outcomes:Assessable outcomesBy the end of the module, the student should be able to:? Identify the main rationales for intellectual property law? Demonstrate a good grasp of the dynamics of intellectual property law? Analyze and evaluate the law? Critically appraise sources? Organize the material used into coherent argumentsAdditional outcomes:? Assist students in developing a deeper interest in aspects of intellectual property law? Further development of skills in oral communication, team-work and independent learningOutline content:? Introduction and overview of the intellectual property system? Justifications for intellectual property rights? Patent Law? Copyright Law? Passing off? Trade Marks Law? Breach of ConfidenceBrief description of teaching and learning methods:There are two or three lectures per week in the Autumn Term, and five tutorials in the Spring Term. Students are expected to prepare for tutorials, in which there is a group discussion of assigned questions. One non-assessed essay will also be set.Contact hours:Autumn SpringLectures 25Tutorials 5Guided independent study 75 95Total hours by term 100.00 100.00Total hours for module 200.00Summative Assessment Methods:Method PercentageWritten exam 100Other information on summative assessment:Formative assessment methods:Penalties for late submission:The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdfYou are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.Length of examination:One three-hour examination paper. Three questions to be answered from a selection of questions.Requirements for a pass:40%Reassessment arrangements:See School Guide (Programme Assessment).Last updated: 8 October 2014
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