The LLM in Intellectual Property Law enables you to study the fundamental principles behind the laws of intellectual property.
The programme aims to provide you with an advanced knowledge of substantive intellectual property law, and of the place and role of intellectual property within domestic, regional and international contexts.
This programme enables you to develop a fully rounded understanding of intellectual property rights, their role in society and the impact of intellectual property (IP) on global economics and development.
The programme aims to equip students with an advanced knowledge and understanding of IP law within an international, European and domestic (UK) context.
The programme covers all the major IP rights, including copyright, designs, trade marks, and patents as well as confidentiality, passing off, database rights and other IP protection.
The programme also addresses global policy-making and the framework of international treaties that govern intellectual property law, as well as consideration of IP rights in their social, cultural and commercial contexts.
Please note that the one year and 20 month study durations for the LLM in Intellectual Property Law will not be available for entry in the 2017/18 academic year.
Our distance learning programmes are delivered through eSCRIPT, our flexible online learning environment.
Through eSCRIPT you will access learning materials and interact with your tutor and fellow students. eSCRIPT is accessible through the internet from any computer. A fast connection is an advantage, but you do not need any special equipment, applications or plug-ins to use it.
We aim to provide challenging, research-led teaching with students benefiting from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of tutors and the results of innovative cross-cutting research of the highest quality.
You must complete a total of six courses (120 credit points), four of which must be core IP law courses, and complete a dissertation (60 credit points) over your chosen period of study.
Core courses offered in 2016/17:
Please note the available choice of courses in any given year may change.
The subjects of the degree are intended to equip you with both an advanced knowledge of substantive intellectual property law and of the place and role of intellectual property within a domestic, regional and international context, laying a foundation for a specialised dissertation.
By the end of your studies you will have acquired a high level of knowledge in the field of intellectual property law, a sophisticated awareness of the problems in the area and of the differing approaches to their solution.
Graduates of our online distance learning programmes progress to a range of careers in law and related legal fields, including work in local and international firms, government legal departments, other public institutions, international organisations and in academia.
The programmes are also an ideal platform for advanced research.
Intellectual Property Law is required for a surprising amount of industries across creative, marketing, architecture, all new business in terms of trade marks and brand protection, innovations in terms of new product patents and intellectual property rights, internet businesses including e-commerce, and many many other organisations and businesses. It is international in its protection with variations upon how the law is interpreted depending upon where you trade. For anyone trading internationally it is essential to know how the law is interpreted in the country you are selling in.
Intellectual property law protection can include a wide range of different levels of protection which include full rights, in which you give all rights for a specific tangible or intangible item with specifications written down to protect your idea, partial rights when licensing to others either long term or short term, creative commons to allow access to the idea and monetisation by a different method or the ability to license at specific times and periods of time, specific tangible products. All companies with a creative component are at risk of infringement from when they start to trade to when they cease business so it is a question of how to manage intellectual property, keep growing and trading and benefitting from the turnover that your creative assets bring into your company.
If you want to specialist in intellectual property law this can be a hugely challenging and rewarding area and you are guaranteed to have no two clients that are alike in terms of needs. Intellectual property law is very closely linked to international trade, contracts, exporting, importing, and extending monetisation of assets. You study the deep issues and challenges of intellectual property law and its application to innovation, creativity, and creative development within a business or organisational context at international level.
Courses listed for the programme
Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship x2
Master of Law Dissertation
International Intellectual Property
Cultural Property Issues: Law, Art, and Museums
Intellectual Property Law, Human Rights and Development
Trade Marks and Brand Development
Commercialising Innovation and Law
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• You study at a top 10 ranked UK Law School (The Complete University Guide 2018)
• 98% of students felt their LLM added value to their career prospects and 97% would recommend their course to others
• Study with over 40 different nationalities, network and discover intellectual property law in their country
• Work with creative industries, innovators, growth companies to protect and extend their rights to trade without infringement
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Intellectual property has a central role in the enhancement of creativity, innovation and commercial growth in the modern economy.
The LLM Intellectual Property Law and Management is designed to respond to the emergent demand for professionals who have studied intellectual property law to a high level. This course is relevant to those graduates wishing to acquire an advanced knowledge of legal and business aspects of intellectual property in a commercial context.
This course is unique in that it offers a multi-disciplinary comprehensive overview of core issues of intellectual property law and management. You can take some core and optional modules at the Law School as well as the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School and Arts and Communication Design, providing an invaluable opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary perspective of intellectual property transactions.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Graduates from our courses have gone on to work in various capacities, in major national and international law firms, as in-house lawyers, in international organizations in UK and abroad. While many law graduates take professional exams in law and go on to practise law either in the UK or abroad, many others pursue alternative careers. A postgraduate law degree will open many doors not only in specialised areas of employment, such as law firms, European and intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, but also in academia (with further postgraduate study), creative organisations, the media (journalism and broadcasting), the entertainment industry, the civil service, and other branches of public service.