Intellectual property is now a matter of global law and public policy-making. This seminar-style, paper course provides insights into the system and workings of the international intellectual property law, in particular the Paris, Berne and Rome Conventions, the WTO-TRIPS Agreement, the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, against the background of comparative law.
Unit contentTopic 1 Introduction: Evolution of international intellectual property: overview from its beginnings to most recent developments
Topic 2: The system of international protection in the field of industrial property law
Topic 3: The system of international protection in the field of copyright and related rights law
Topic 4: A shift at the international level: The inclusion of intellectual property in trade treaties and trade measures:
Topic 5: Recent Developments in WIPO
Topic 6: The future of international intellectual property law: trends to be observed
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Recognise the contemporary significance, distinct nature and functions of intellectual property in the global economy.||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Explain the evolution of the international intellectual property system, and its relationship to national systems.||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Describe the basic structure, institutions, principles and sources of international intellectual property law and the fundamental legal principles concerned in the protection of intellectual property as they pertain to copyright, related rights, patents, trade marks in particular.||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Evaluate the impact of the WTO-TRIPs Agreement on both industrialized and emerging economies, and of the settlement of intellectual property disputes within the World Trade Organization (WTO).||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||Assess the operation of, and interrelationship between the World Trade Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization regarding intellectual property and evaluate the latest activities of WIPO.||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||Identify, discuss and explore hypotheses for accommodating the economic, social and political dimensions of international intellectual property protection, in particular the debate about the scope of property rights in information, human rights in this respect, discussions at Doha and, recently, within WIPO.||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|7||Develop research, writing and advocacy skills in international intellectual property law.||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3
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