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Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is designed to introduce students to the framework of intellectual property from an international perspective. The first part of the module examines the political economy of intellectual property in the context of the production and use of knowledge and information in the global economy. It focuses particularly on recent moves towards international harmonisation of intellectual property protection and enforcement. The second part of the module studies specific forms of intellectual property (i.e. patents, copyright, trade marks, design rights). It analyses contemporary developments in intellectual property through detailed case studies (e.g. patenting of biotechnological “inventions”). The final part of the module examines problems associated with the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the international arena.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: LA901-20)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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