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The LLM in Intellectual Property Law programme allows students to study introductory and advanced intellectual property (IP) and technology law and to scrutinise the policies affecting intellectual property and technology law under the guidance of leading scholars in the field. Read more
The LLM in Intellectual Property Law programme allows students to study introductory and advanced intellectual property (IP) and technology law and to scrutinise the policies affecting intellectual property and technology law under the guidance of leading scholars in the field. Students will be able to study a wide range of topics from the protection of inventions, products, trade marks, creative works and designs to the global policy surrounding the law.


Modules:


To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of Intellectual Property Law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of LLM modules.

All modules are 22.5 credits unless otherwise stated.

Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.

The updated module list below represents the result of our ongoing modularisation of the LLM which is intended to offer students greater flexibility and choice of module options.

◦ QLLM025 E-Commerce Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM076 Media Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM095 Intellectual Property and the Creative Industries (45 credits)
◦ QLLM145 Intellectual Property in Business (45 credits)
◦ QLLM162 Intellectual Property Taxation (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM178 Competition Law, Intellectual Property and Innovation (45 credits)
◦ QLLM308 Civil Enforcement of Intellectual Property (Sem 1) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM309 Criminal Enforcement of Intellectual Property (Sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM314 Transnational Law and Governance (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM315 Transnational Law and Governance in Practice (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM328 Digital Intellectual Property Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM329 Informational Technology Transactions (sem 2)
◦ QLLM330 Comparative Copyright Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM331 International Copyright: International Treaties and Cross-Border Litigation (sem 1)
◦ QLLM332 Comparative Law of Patents and Trade Secrets (sem 1)
◦ QLLM333 International Law of Patents and Related Rights (sem 2)
◦ QLLM334 Licensing Intellectual Property (sem 1)
◦ QLLM335 Intellectual Property and Fashion: Art and Design (sem 1)
◦ QLLM336 Intellectual Property and Fashion: Business and Law (Sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM337 Design and Intellectual Property: EU and US
◦ QLLM338 International and Comparative Law of Unfair Competition (sem 1)
◦ QLLM339 The Law of Registered Trade Marks (sem 2)
◦ QLLM340 Global Intellectual Property: Fundamental Principles (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM341 Global Intellectual Property: Technology and Policy (sem 2)
◦ QLLM342 Interactive Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM343 Interactive Entertainment Law: Contracts and Regulation (sem 2)
◦ QLLM344 The Law of Film (sem 1)
◦ QLLM345 The Business of Film (Sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM346 EU Copyright Law (sem 2)
◦ QLLM347 The Law of Geographical Indications (GIs) (sem 2)
◦ QLLM348 Music Industry Contracts (sem 2)
◦ QLLM349 Transnational Mooting (sem 1)
◦ QLLM389 Copyright and Trademark in China (sem 1)
◦ QLLM390 Patent and Design in China (sem 2)
◦ QLLM400 United States Energy Law, Regulation and Policy (sem 1)

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This programme aims to promote advanced knowledge and understanding of intellectual property law within international, European and domestic settings. Read more

Programme description

This programme aims to promote advanced knowledge and understanding of intellectual property law within international, European and domestic settings.

The core subjects of the programme are intended to equip students 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.

The programme spans comparative study of the laws of patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, database protection, breach of confidence, passing off and related sui generis rights, as well as investigating a range of issues which underpin contemporary intellectual property law.

The programme allows students to explore intellectual property law not just in its legal but also social, ethical, cultural and commercial contexts.

Programme structure

This programme offers a range of courses from the field of intellectual property with an international perspective, giving you the option to tailor the programme to suit your needs and interests.

The programme structure for 2017/18 is currently being finalised. You will take a total of 120 credits in taught courses, 60 in each semester, which may include the following:

Intellectual Property Law 1: Copyright and Related Rights
International Intellectual Property System
Intellectual Property Law 2: Industrial Property
Intellectual Property Law and Society
Managing Intellectual Property

You will also complete a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

Learning outcomes

The subjects of the degree are intended to equip students 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 their studies for this degree, students 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.

Having studied the programme, students will emerge with an understanding of intellectual Property law not just in its legal but also social, ethical, cultural and commercial contexts.

During their study students will have access to the results of innovative cross-cutting research of the highest quality. The programme is suitable to prepare students for advanced research.

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This is an intensive course which develops a sound practitioner’s foundation in UK and overseas intellectual property law and practice. Read more

About the Course

This is an intensive course which develops a sound practitioner’s foundation in UK and overseas intellectual property law and practice. Students will attain understanding of the law of patents, trademarks, copyright and industrial designs and its application in various professional sectors.

Focusing on intellectual property registration and prosecution, the course explores both contentious and non-contentious matters and develops the intellectual and practical skills necessary for those wishing to join the exciting and competitive professions of patent, trademark attorneys, intellectual property litigators and lawyers specialising in intellectual property.
This course provides a thorough grounding in intellectual property law, a rapidly-expanding area. Upon successful completion of the Intellectual Property PG Cert, students who wish to qualify as patent or/and trademark attorneys receive full exemption from all foundation qualifying examinations set by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and the Joint Examination Board and from three out of four elements of the Law Course recently set by Institute of Trademark Attorneys to supersede the previous Trade Mark Foundation papers.

Course Content

The Course consists of two taught modules running concurrently through the teaching year:

Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law (30 credits)
Intellectual Property Practice and Management (30 credits)
It covers the following subjects:

- Fundamentals of the English legal system.
- Challenges faced by IP practitioners. Ethics and codes of practice.
- Patent law: Rationale, requirements for patentability, ownership and licensing, infringement, remedies, defences. Practice and management of patents: Obtaining a patent in the UK, EPC procedure, PCT procedure. Obtaining a patent in other jurisdictions.
- Copyright law. Rationale and subsistence, subject matter (literary, artistic, musical and dramatic works), ownership, licensing, moral rights, economic rights, infringement, permitted acts.
- Trade mark law. Registration, Absolute grounds for refusal of registration, infringement and relative grounds for refusal of registration, defences, invalidity, revocation, use. Practice and management of trade marks: Registering and maintaining a trade mark in the UK, International and transnational options for trade mark protection, registration and maintenance in other jurisdictions.
- The law of passing off and the legal protection for unregistered trade marks in the UK.
- Design rights: Registered and unregistered design, qualifying for protection, infringement, defences, invalidity and overlap with copyright.
- Practice and management of industrial design: Registering and maintaining a design in the UK and internationally.
- Elements of the law of breach of confidence: The legal protection of trade secrets and confidential information.
- Intellectual property licensing (negotiation, international perspectives – jurisdiction clauses, arbitration requirements) and elements of technology transfer.

The course will benefit media professionals, in-house intellectual property portfolio managers, members of the engineering and research and development sectors among others who deal extensively with intellectual property matters in their course of business.

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This programme is designed to equip students with a comprehensive and specialist education in a range of areas within International Intellectual Property Law. Read more
This programme is designed to equip students with a comprehensive and specialist education in a range of areas within International Intellectual Property Law. The course will enable students to master the basic principles of the four main ‘pillars’ of IP Law, namely, Copyright, Patents, Trade marks and Industrial Designs. The four main components of IP Law will be examined from three distinct perspectives: domestic (UK), EU and International (global treaties/conventions) and will encompass analysis of legislation, case law (common law and civil law) and specific legal concepts. Where possible, comparative analysis will be carried out as between for example, specific EU IP Law developments and those of third country States e.g. India, Pakistan and China. In addition, certain third countries with well-developed, mature IP systems (e.g. the U.S., Canada and Australia) will be examined for a comparative assessment. The distinct themes of how the Internet has brought about new thinking in the IP world and, possible overlapping forms of IP protection (e.g. copyright and patent protection of computer software) will be examined.

Through carefully designed course work and varied teaching approaches, students from both a common law and civil law background will acquire the intellectual open-ness, technical expertise and critical thinking abilities that are necessary for effectiveness in a globalising world. The programme will equip students to respond effectively to the wide range of intellectual and professional challenges facing contemporary intellectual property lawyers. The LLM in International Intellectual Property Law will equip them to deal with both case work and policy making.

Employment Opportunities
Employment opportunities for graduates of the programme will include work with international law firms, patent and trade mark attorneys, local Intellectual Property Offices (e.g. the UK Intellectual Property Office, Chinese Patent and Trade Mark Office and the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks in India),international organisations such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the United Nations and specialist bodies within the EU e.g. the Office for the Harmonisation of the Internal Market (OHIM) and the European Patent Office (EPO). Directorate-General Internal Market and Services of the European Commission deals with IP matters and is also a potential employer. Other potential employers include international courts and tribunals, think tanks and research centres (e.g. the specialist Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (Munich), non-governmental organisations and government (eg. Ministries of Justice; Business, Innovation and Skills and; Foreign Affairs). Having taken one of our programmes, there will, of course, also be possibilities for academically inclined students to pursue careers in teaching and research.

Compulsory Modules:

Legal Research Methods
Intellectual Property Law
Data Protection Law
Dissertation on any topic within International Intellectual Property Law
Optional Modules (choose 4)

International Criminal Law
International Human Rights Law
Children’s Rights in Domestic and International Law
European Human Rights Law
EU Internal Markets Law
Competition Law
Global Trade Law
Comparative Corporate Governance
International Banking Law
International Commercial Arbitration
International Law of Armed Conflict
Dealing with the Legacies of the Past
Structure
January intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

September intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

Teaching will mostly be seminar-based which will promote group and individual interaction, which also ensures that every individual student is encouraged to contribute to discussions. Seminar-based teaching enables lecturers and students to discuss issues and investigate topics in greater depth, and develops critical thinking and solution-based learning skills in students; whilst also allowing the course teachers to monitor closely each individual’s progress. Emphasis will be placed on the use of virtual learning through the mechanism of the Blackboard computer-assisted learning system and databases such as Westlaw and LexisNexis. Throughout all modules, comparative elements with other legal systems will be emphasised.

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Intellectual Property (IP) is a fast growing area of the law, requiring highly qualified multilingual specialists who can deal with IP rights across national borders. Read more
Intellectual Property (IP) is a fast growing area of the law, requiring highly qualified multilingual specialists who can deal with IP rights across national borders. The new LLM International Studies in Intellectual Property Law course offers a specialised programme of study, which will enable you to meet the requirements of a future career in this area. The course covers copyright, trade mark and patent law, along with its European and international aspects, as well as legal questions associated with new technologies, multimedia and cyberspace.

This course is designed for law graduates, practising lawyers and business professionals from anywhere in the world who want to develop a specialist legal and commercial expertise in technology and IP law.

Course detail

You will study the most important components of international intellectual property law such as copyright, patents and trademarks and how these forms of intellectual property are protected in the digital age.

The course is therefore designed for law graduates, practising lawyers and business professionals from anywhere in the world who wish to develop a specialist legal and commercial expertise in intellectual property law and technology. In addition to specialised courses, they will also study international commercial law and other subjects, which will help put intellectual property into the context of modern international business relations.

Modules

• Intellectual Property in the Digital Economy
• Commercial Intellectual Property Law
• International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation
• International Commercial Law
• Research Methodology
• Dissertation.

Format

The course is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, small group sessions, practical experience and workshops. We teach two modules each week, over four hours of teaching time. In addition, students will complete a 15,000 word dissertation, which will be supported by a Research Methodology module.

Assessment

The taught modules adopt a standardised and consistent approach. In each of these modules, there will be a formative assessment, which will not count towards your final module mark. Following this, there will be two assessments – a piece of coursework of 3,000 words and an end of semester (pre-release) exam. Both will count towards your final mark. Normally, you will receive feedback within two weeks of submitting coursework and within three weeks of sitting exams.

Career and study progression

Our aim is to produce graduates who have employment prospects with multinational corporations, because they understand the legal regulations and constraints of international business, as well as the financial world of international trade agencies and multinational corporations.

You can seek employment opportunities in careers with investment, law, consultancy and accounting firms, especially those focusing on international practice. Practising legal professionals and human resource professionals can use their qualification and the skills and knowledge they have gained on the course to progress in their chosen field.

On completing this course successfully, you can choose to continue your studies with Ealing Law School and progress on to a PhD.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

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Innovation has become an imperative for most private firms but increasingly also in the public sector. Therefore, competences in innovation management are emphasised as one of today's most important competences by CEO's and governments alike. Read more
Innovation has become an imperative for most private firms but increasingly also in the public sector. Therefore, competences in innovation management are emphasised as one of today's most important competences by CEO's and governments alike.

The programme provides a general background on innovation management including

- the management of innovation from invention to commercialisation
- innovation strategies, structures, and cultures
- market forces of innovation and market-oriented new product development
- the management of intellectual property rights
- Entrepreneurship

The programme creates a unique opportunity to experience the challenges throughout the new product development process and to develop a mutual understanding about the rationales on the technology as well as on the business management side. There is a broad empirical basis that such a mutual understanding is a key prerequisite for successful cooperation between R&D and marketing and ultimately for innovation success. The aim of the programme is therefore to enhance students' understandings about strategies, structures, processes, people and cultures to develop successful innovations and to enhance the innovative capability of firms.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

PREREQUISITE COURSES

Management Research Method
The learning objective of this course is to enable you to conduct empirical business research in a valid and reliable manner. You learn how to formulate research questions and to identify an appropriate research plan and methodology for the given set of research questions. This includes methodologies how to define unit of analysis and sample as well as methodologies how to collect, analyze and interpret data.

Entrepreneurship: Shaping Entrepreneurial Thinking
This course will enable you to develop entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour and to start your own firm based on your business ideas. Students develop and evaluate business ideas and learn how to develop a compelling business case based on entrepreneurial market research. The course furthermore includes the decision on the appropriate legal form for their new venture and new venture financing.

Classic and Contemporary Readings in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The course enables students to create two forms of competences. 1) An improved ability to read, question, and form conclusions from research-based literature, and 2) an overview of the central classic and contemporary literature in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. Together these competencies provide students with the ability to critically evaluate and choose relevant literature in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship.

New Product Development Clinic
The learning objective is to enable you to understand and execute the crucial tasks in the new product development process from idea generation to commercialisation. The course takes a concrete development problem as point of departure. Students will generate ideas for the solution of this problem and then carry out concept testing, prototype development, market assessment and pre-launch activities. Therefore, you will experience all the challenges in the new product development process hands-on. The course will be co-taught with faculty from Aarhus BSS and Aarhus School of Engineering. The teaching method of the course is project-based.

SPECIALISATION COURSES

Appropriating innovation – Managing Intellectual property rights
In this course the aim is to develop an understanding of how intellectual property rights, particularly patents, can be used as tools for technology development. A short introduction to the history and theory of patents is followed by an examination of the use of patents as tools of technology development. The course will also consider the evidence in support of the theory that patents on significant inventions are used to control and block 'downstream' innovation. Furthermore, the course will consider the 'anti-trust'- patent so-called 'interface' and recent changes to policy in favour of patents in the US.

Organising for Innovation
In this course the aim is to develop an understanding of the firm-internal perspective and context on innovation. This includes the formulation of and decision for innovation strategies, organisational structures and designs for innovation, creativity and performance within innovation teams, cooperation between R&D and marketing in the new product development process, champions and promotors of innovation, the management of radical innovation and the measurement of innovation performance.

Open and User-Driven Innovation
Shorter product life cycles and increased technological complexity of new products and services force firms to increasingly open their innovation processes to external sources of innovation. The learning objective of this course is therefore to enable you to understand which relevant sources of innovation exist outside the firm and how a firm can systematically use these external sources as leverage for new product development and for enhancing the innovative capability of a firm. The course includes emerging forms of open and distributed innovation. Specific focus will be given to user-driven innovation, including market orientation in the new product development process, lead user innovation, user communities and user toolkits.

In the third semester you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at Aarhus BSS during the semester, at the Summer University or at one of our more than 200 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.

The fourth semester is devoted to the master's thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and get a chance to concentrate on and specialize in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort. When the thesis has been submitted it is defended before the academic advisor as well as an external examiner.

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Within the rapidly globalising environment of intellectual property and digital commerce, this programme provides you with a unique opportunity to specialise in this increasingly important area of law. Read more
Within the rapidly globalising environment of intellectual property and digital commerce, this programme provides you with a unique opportunity to specialise in this increasingly important area of law.

Why this programme

-You will develop a critical understanding of a wide range of issues concerning the legal regulation of intellectual property and the digital economy.
-You will benefit from access to and engagement with the Law School’s newly established £8M Research Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy: CREATe.
-CREATe is a pioneering academic initiative – led by the Law School at the University of Glasgow – designed to help the UK cultural and creative industries thrive and become innovation leaders within the global digital economy.
-You will have the opportunity to apply for a summer internship at firms that specialise in intellectual property matters. At present, our strategic partners include: (i) Burness Paull & Williamsons, a top tier Scottish commercial law firm with extensive expertise in IP, IT and Information Law; and (ii) Cloch Solicitors, a boutique Scottish IP law firm.
-You will benefit from our excellent facilities including the dedicated School of Law library; our main University library also contains our extensive collection of legal materials and official publications and is a European Documentation Centre.

Programme structure

You are required to take at least three courses from the following list (and four courses in total) and to submit a dissertation approved as falling within the area. Courses are delivered through a blend of lectures and seminar style teaching.

Courses
-Brand protection
-Contemporary issues in intellectual property
-Copyright in the digital environment
-European Union trade law
-E-Commerce, rights management, and information
-Intellectual property and the market
-International and comparative intellectual property law
-International and comparative moral rights

Note: Some courses might not be available every year.

Career prospects

The programme provides high-level training at the intersection of law and technology - an area of crucial importance to legal professionals everywhere. The emphasis on research will help you to develop excellent analytical and writing skills highly sought after by potential employers. Internship opportunities with leading global and local firms support the development of further skills. Career paths include roles in law firms, entertainment and media companies, international organisations, government and non-governmental organisations.

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Degree. Master of Laws (LL.M.). Specialization. European and Transnational Law of Intellectual Property and Information Technology. Read more

Key points

Degree: Master of Laws (LL.M.).

Specialization: European and Transnational Law of Intellectual Property and Information Technology.

Language of instruction: English.

Duration: 1 year (1 October to 30 September).

Workload: 60 ECTS credits.

Admission requirements: bachelor's degree plus 1 year of professional experience.

Tuition fee: 7,800 euros; early applicants 7,200 euros.

Application deadline: 30 June.

Maximum number of participants: 30.

Overview

The LL.M. in European and Transnational Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (LIPIT) is a postgraduate program directed at providing the in-depth understanding of legal issues arising from the creation and use of literary or artistic works, mechanical or scientific inventions, digital information, and other intangible assets. It covers a wide variety of subjects, including copyright, patents, trademarks, telecommunications, electronic commerce, information security, and data protection.

Because it is more and more common for transactions with intellectual property and information technology products to transcend national boundaries, this LL.M. Program is conceived as distinctly international and comparative in nature. Solutions from various legal systems are often presented when examining modern problems of the IP and IT law, and cases spreading over two or more countries are regularly discussed and analyzed. One consequence of such an approach is that this Program is suitable for lawyers and other professionals from different countries, rather than being limited to one particular jurisdiction.

Besides the Program's international character, strong emphasis is placed on establishing the direct link to practice. Many classes are taught by experienced attorneys and other practitioners. In lectures and seminars, legal issues are examined largely through analyzing real court cases, identifying concrete common problems and searching for effective solutions to them. Through hands-on workshops and projects, newly acquired knowledge is further enhanced and developed into readily applicable practical skills.

Target group

The main target group of this LL.M. Program is lawyers working or wishing to work with creative and innovative industries. The Program is designed to expand their expertise in the IP and IT law by focusing on issues and aspects that are usually not included in a regular legal studies curriculum, for example the cross-border enforcement of rights stemming from the IP and IT law.

Since the branches of IP and IT Law lie at the intersection of the law with technology, science and arts, the Program is also open to engineers, computer scientists, media managers, and other professionals seeking to enhance their understanding of legal regulation, policies, and mechanisms of protection in the fields of intellectual property and information technology. As a result, Program participants can benefit from exchanging opinions, engaging in group projects and other forms of cooperation with graduates of other disciplines, which helps them to better understand different angles and perspectives of the topics they study.

Besides the variety of academic and professional backgrounds, we also strive to achieve diverse geographic representation in the selection of each year's Program participants. Such diversity enriches classroom discussions and collaborative activities by ensuring the exchange and application of ideas and approaches from various legal systems and cultural environments.

Program duration

Your studies at the LIPIT Program will normally take around one year (from October to September). During this time, you will have to obtain 60 ECTS credits, including 20 credits for a completion of a master's thesis. If your total post-secondary education lasted less than 4 years, you might be required to earn more credits in order to be awarded the LL.M. degree. In this case, our educational adviser will help you to work out an individual study plan that will allow you to earn the required credits without exceeding the normal Program duration.

Program language

Considering the international makeup of the Program, English has been chosen as its language of instruction. Therefore, in order to be admitted to the Program, applicants will have to demonstrate that their English language skills are sufficient for the purposes of higher education.

Though knowledge of German language is not a pre-requisite for admission, it is certainly very useful for managing everyday life and studies in Germany. Therefore, we encourage our international students to learn some German before the beginning of the Program and to take advantage of numerous language learning opportunities offered by the University of Göttingen while studying here. Specifically, students can attend all the courses offered by the University's language center (ZESS) free of charge.

Curriculum

In order to gain your LL.M. degree, you will have to obtain at least 60 ECTS credits. 20 credits will be awarded for the completion of the individual master's module, which involves the preparation and writing of a master's thesis. The remaining 40 ECTS credits can be obtained by completing a sufficient number of group study modules, each of which equals to at least 5 ECTS credits. The list of modules can vary slightly from year to year, but the examples below generally provide a good idea of the available modules:

Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law
Fundamentals of Information Technology Law
Advanced Intellectual Property Law
Advanced Information Technology Law
E-Commerce Law
Competition Law
Data Protection Law
Media and Telecommunications Law
Information Technology and Legal Informatics
Economic Foundations of IP and IT Law
International and Comparative IP and IT Law
Transnational Enforcement of IP and IT Law

Why study in Göttingen?

The University of Göttingen is constantly ranked among the best German higher education institutions in various national and international university rankings. Since its foundation in 1737, it has provided excellent study and research opportunities to students and scholars from all over the world, including more than 40 Nobel Prize winners. Besides the instruction and guidance from prominent professors and other experts, Göttingen students benefit from the access to first-class study facilities, for example Göttingen State and University Library, which is one of the largest libraries in Germany, containing around 8 million items and providing access to numerous legal and other scholarly databases.

Göttingen University's Faculty of Law enjoys excellent reputation for teaching, research, and professional development. Throughout the centuries of its existence, it has been renowned for advancing the legal science and offering outstanding legal training by eminent jurists like Johann Stephan Pütter or Rudolf von Jhering. Consequently, Göttingen has always been a very attractive place for those wishing to study law, including some famous historic figures like Otto von Bismarck or Wilhelm von Humboldt.

A number of attractive features make studying law in Göttingen especially rewarding. For example, legal education here has a strong link to practice, offering classes not only by professors, but also by practicing attorneys and other practitioners. In addition, many professors are also active outside the academia, for example as legal advisers, members of legislative commissions or judges of highest courts.

Another appealing aspect of Göttingen Law Faculty is its internationality. As well as hosting students from all over the world and providing numerous exchange opportunities, the Faculty also offers classes by visiting professors from other countries and is involved in continuous international cooperation through various dedicated bodies like German-Chinese Legal Science Institute or European Academy of Law and ICT.

Further advantages for law students in Göttingen derive from the wide variety of specialized institutes and other specialization clusters, which ensure that numerous legal subjects can be studied from multiple perspectives and in all their aspects. For example, the Institute of Business Law lets the students of IP and IT law benefit from the combined expertise of Professor Körber, a well-known expert on telecommunication law, competition law and law of search engines; Professor Spindler, the author of popular commentaries and monographs on e-commerce, electronic media, open source and other topics; Professor Wiebe, renowned for his works on ICT law, unfair competition, copyright and data protection; as well as other specialists in these and related areas. Professors Körber, Spindler and Wiebe are also involved in numerous legal policy development activities in Germany, Europe and beyond. These professors were actively engaged in establishing the LIPIT Program and currently they make up its Academic Board.

In addition to lectures and seminars by well-known experts in their fields, students can take advantage of various conferences, workshops, and study trips organized or co-organized by the Faculty or individual professors. For example, students can participate in the yearly International Research Forum on Law and ICT/IP, Göttingen IT Law Forum, and the Summer School of European IP and ICT Law.

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With this specialist LLM you will gain a detailed insight into the fast-growing field of Intellectual Property & Information Law. Read more
With this specialist LLM you will gain a detailed insight into the fast-growing field of Intellectual Property & Information Law. Expect interactive classes focusing on topical issues concerning the regulation of innovation and creativity, in which the issues of the day are explored in detail. Covering the latest practical and theoretical perspectives you will learn about the access to and use of data in a global context.

Key benefits

- A strong IP Law community, with both informal and formal social and networking events, guest lectures by leading scholars/practitioners in the field and participation in the annual International IP moot competition.

- Breadth and depth of teaching expertise; a reputed mix of dedicated full-time King's academics and internationally-acclaimed practitioners who all contribute to the extensive module offering.

- Combines rigorous analytical and critical approaches with practical perspectives and practice-generated problems.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/intellectual-property-and-information-law-llm.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Innovations, creative works, collections of data and communications infrastructure are central components of our digital, global society. How the law is and should be applied to the regulation of these intangible assets are important questions for government and commerce around the world.

That is why the LLM in Intellectual Property & Information Law attracts students from a diverse range of jurisdictions and backgrounds. This is matched by a teaching faculty at King's that comprises a diverse mix of leading academics and practitioners - offering a wide variety of perspectives on the role of Intellectual Property & Information Law today.

There is a strong international, European and comparative focus to the course and all of our students benefit from access to the wider legal community. Guest speakers, networking events, attendance at external seminars and participation in international mooting competitions are just some of what you can expect on this LLM.

- Course purpose -

For those who want to work in legal practice (in a variety of capacities - solicitor, advocate on in-house counsel) in the following sectors: the cultural and creative industries (music, film, art and publishing); 'brand' management for medium to large corporations; innovation industries, such as information and digital technology, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Those from both EU and non-EU countries where the 'knowledge economy' is either developing or already rather crucial will be attracted to this pathway.

- Course format and assessment -

In the first and second semester you study your selection of taught modules (half and full). These are in most cases assessed in the third semester (May/June) by written examination, or in some cases by the submission of an assessed essay.

Career prospects

In a competitive world we can give you the competitive edge to take your career to the next level. That’s why you’ll find our LLM programme is supplemented by opportunities to develop your skills and professional networks.

The result is that students are presented with a wide range of employment destinations when they leave; from positions at the European Central Bank, European Commission and UN to commercial roles as investment bank analysts, tax or public affairs advisers, as well as careers in the legal profession; accountancy; management consultancy; human rights organisations and other voluntary bodies; academia.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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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. Read more
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

Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship
Master of Law Dissertation

Optional
Energy, Innovation and Law
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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The LLM Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law brings together two of the most important legal questions of the 21st century. Read more
The LLM Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law brings together two of the most important legal questions of the 21st century: the fate of law in the information age, and the management and exploitation of diverse forms of creativity, reputation and innovation.

Building on a long record of teaching at the cutting edge of law and technology, the UEA Law School is home to a strong team of scholars investigating everything from Intellectual Property enforcement to the rights and risks associated with ‘Web 2.0’.

Students can choose from a range of specialised, internationally-focused modules on Information Technology and Intellectual Property, but can also take the opportunity to study subjects in the closely related field of media law, or other subjects offered in the School on commercial or competition law.

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Conceived in the context of world-systemic transformation, this MA will give you the analytical tools to understand contemporary developments and world(s) through an encounter with post-colonial theory and international political economic issues.http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-postcolonial-culture-global-policy/. Read more
Conceived in the context of world-systemic transformation, this MA will give you the analytical tools to understand contemporary developments and world(s) through an encounter with post-colonial theory and international political economic issues.http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-postcolonial-culture-global-policy/

We're witnessing today a tectonic shift in global geopolitics. The emergence of China, Brazil and India as global players, the development of global governance, the financial crisis, climate change – are all symptoms.

On this Masters you’ll grasp concepts like race, diaspora, hybridity, difference, grassroots development, HDI, multitude, immanence, and human rights.

These concepts are used to analyse practical, policy and activist issues arising from globalisation: global civil society, the role of international organisations (the IMF, WTO, UN and World Bank and global NGOs), intellectual property rights, social capital, financialisation, global governance and deep democracy.

You'll deal with issues like terrorism, microfinance, indigenous people, gender and sexuality, multiculturalism and environmental justice.

The MA is ideal for anyone pursuing careers in policy research, NGOs, advocacy, charities, international organisations, cultural and political activism, global media, art and curating, as well as for further academic work leading to a PhD.

Practical placement

The Masters includes a supervised and assessed practical placement. This may be with NGOs in India or Africa, arts and conservation organisations in China, indigenous activists in Latin America, London-based global NGOs, diasporic communities, think-tanks, environmental organisations, publishers or financial/microfinance organisations.

Leading theorists and visiting lecturers

You'll be taught by leading theorists and visiting lecturers drawn from a wide circle of activists, artists, film-makers, lawyers, economists, journalists and policy-makers.

Find out more about:

the Centre for Cultural Studies
our varied events programme
our staff

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Shela Sheikh.

Modules & Structure

You take option modules to the value of 30 credits. Modules can be chosen from across Goldsmiths departments and centres. Option modules are subject to availability and approval by the module lecturer/convenor.

Globalisation: Politics, Policy and Critique- 30 credits
Postcolonial Theory- 30 credits
Policy Lab and Placement- 30 credits
MA in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy Dissertation- 60 credits

Assessment

Essays and/or practical projects; dissertation.

Skills

The programme provides advanced training for labour market-relevant skills in transnational analysis of sovereignty, democracy, governmentality, financialisation, intellectual property rights, and the role of non-governmental organisations.

Careers

Suitable careers and areas of work for graduates of the programme include:

the academic sphere
government and non-government sectors
arts and art administration
publishing
journalism
media
the culture industry in general

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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This Programme aims to provide participants with a deep understanding of the main legal issues in international trade law, contract law and contract drafting. Read more
This Programme aims to provide participants with a deep understanding of the main legal issues in international trade law, contract law and contract drafting. The Programme also explores key legal issues in contract formation, pre-contractual agreements, letters of intent and e-commerce. A variety of special topics are also explained, such as technology-licence agreements, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property rights, trademarks and patents, state contracts, construction and engineering contracts, as well as related modes of payment and dispute resolution mechanisms.


The LL.M. is an intensive course of one full year duration starting November 2014 structured in three different parts as follows:

Part I DISTANT LEARNING

In this preparatory phase the students will pursue the following topics:
- introduction to trade economics, including evolution and features of the world's current trading system 
- introduction to contract law in major legal systems 
- international trade and other regulatory issues
-  preferential trade agreements and regional trade agreements

During this phase of distance learning, participants will have access to an on-line platform, through which they will be given
access to the material, while receiving advisory support from a dedicated tutor.

Part II FACE TO FACE LEARNING

Module I - Diversity and Institution

- Harmonisation of laws of Contracts and International Trade from the perspective of international and regional organizations (such as UNCITRAL, UNIDROIT, OECD, ICC, WTO etc.)
-  Introduction to legal commercial writing and terminology

Module II : International Contracts -

 - General Principles Governing the Law of International Contracts (in particular UNIDROIT Principles) and formation of contract
-  Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods
 - Applicable Law and jurisdiction (Council Regulation (EC) n. 44/2001/Rome Regulation)
- Export Transactions - Links between the Sale, Carriage and Banking Contracts
 - Corporate Governance -merger and acquisition from the pre-contractual documents to the purchase agreement; how to structure international Joint Venture, etc.)
 - Examples of International contracts (Agency and Distribution Agreements; Construction, Engineering and Supply Contracts; Public Procurement contracts; State and Oil Contracts)
 -Contracts Financing (leasing contracts/franchise contracts) and Project financing
- Intellectual Property Rights (Trade Marks and Patents; Technology Licence Agreements)
 - Antitrust law
- International Taxation Rules and aspects of Insolvency Law

Module III: Moot Court & Arbitration -

- International dispute resolution and jurisdiction
-  International commercial arbitration (recognition and enforcement)
- Alternative dispute resolutions, mediation 
- Moot court

PART III FINAL DISSERTATION

The third part consists of the submission of the final thesis/dissertation by the end of November 2013 (50 pages approx)
supervised by an advisor or by a Module coordinator.

Deadline for Application: 31 August 2015



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Currently working in the legal profession? Hoping to specialise in international trade? On this specialist course you’ll gain the skills and knowledge that are particularly sought after in both the legal profession and wider legal practice, with a focus on international trade and business. Read more

Overview

Currently working in the legal profession? Hoping to specialise in international trade? On this specialist course you’ll gain the skills and knowledge that are particularly sought after in both the legal profession and wider legal practice, with a focus on international trade and business.

- Students are taught by an expert team of lecturers with extensive professional experience.
- The course covers key areas in international business, including corporate social responsibility, international commercial disputes, the global digital environment and specifics of international trade.
- The School of Business and Law has its own dedicated campus which includes modern teaching spaces and IT suites equipped with the latest business analytics software.
- The course has strong industry links both locally and internationally.
- Students have the opportunity to build hands-on experience through a work-based project.
- Past students have benefitted from access to a range of guest speakers.

The industry -

Southampton Solent’s international trade regulation course has been developed in conjunction with a wide range of legal professionals including solicitors, barristers, company secretaries, legal consultants and compliance officers.

Within the legal profession, a postgraduate specialisation on top of a law degree could offer a significant career advantage. This course offers students the opportunity to gain specialised skills and knowledge that can enhance suitability for roles in business, public sector or governmental organisations.

The programme -

Focusing on international legal business structures, this master’s course aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of international business agreements and dispute resolution mechanisms.

Students study a broad range of contemporary topics including legal regulation, mechanisms of obtaining redress in international commercial disputes, issues relating to the protection of creative endeavour in the digital environment, and the specifics of international trade.

Delving into these subjects teaches students about corporate social responsibility; the Law of Corporations; shareholder rights and the duties of directors; ‘private international law’; ‘conflict of laws’; arbitration agreements; intellectual property rights; domain names; licensing; digital rights management and encryption; data protection and information privacy.

During the course, students will also study standard trade terms, major international trade conventions, the sale, transport and regulation of goods, customs regulations, services and capital in the EU and beyond, e-commerce, electronic contracts, and computer crime.

Practice-based case studies give students the opportunity to apply newly acquired skills to the real world. A work-based project, either with a current employer or under placement, also provides first-hand experience of the field of international trade. The University can help finding placements, which could mean working with employers such as Medicom Healthcare, Lawdit Solicitors and other similar organisations.

Previous students have benefitted from a programme of guest lectures from speakers including commercial solicitors, managing partners, police officers, trading standards officers, barristers and members of the judiciary.

Course Content

LLM International Trade Regulation comprises five core units, including a work-based project which accounts for a third of the course.

Law and Regulation of International Business Organisations: This unit focuses on the functioning and types of business organisations typical across the world, and their legal regulation. Subjects include corporate social responsibility, the Law of Corporations, shareholder rights and the duties of directors.

International Commercial Enforcement and Dispute Resolution: This unit is primarily concerned with mechanisms of obtaining redress in international commercial disputes. It focuses on what is traditionally called ‘private international law’ or ‘conflict of laws’ but it develops further to cover areas such as arbitration and arbitration agreements.

Creativity and Regulation in the Global Digital Environment: This unit focuses on issues relating to the protection of creative endeavour in the digital environment, covering intellectual property rights, domain names, licensing, digital rights management and encryption, data protection and information privacy. You will also have a chance to build practical skills in the valuation of intellectual property and due diligence processes.

The International Market in Goods and Services: This unit focuses on the specifics of international trade, covering standard trade terms, major international trade conventions, the sale, transport and regulation of goods, and customs regulations. You will also study services and capital in the EU, e-commerce, electronic contracts and computer crime.

Work-Based Project: The work-based project provides an exciting opportunity to put your newly-learned knowledge to a practical purpose for either a current employer or as part of a short-term placement. Example projects include a study of intellectual property protection or data protection compliance in the company, a review of trade regulation and export opportunities in the EU, or various other possibilities.

Programme specification document - http://mycourse.solent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6152

Teaching, learning and assessment -

The course is primarily classroom-based, with a practical work-based project.

Work experience -

The work-based project is a great opportunity to apply your learning to the real world. The University has a wide range of contacts with employers within the sector and you will be supported in finding and securing a suitable placement though ultimately it is the student’s responsibility to do so.

If you are already in employment and studying with us part-time, you may undertake the placement with your existing employer. In the unlikely event of a student not being able to secure a placement, a written project will be submitted instead.

Assessment -

Coursework, plus a work-based project that accounts for a third of your final mark.

Web-based learning -

The University’s virtual learning environment is an integral part of master’s study. It provides you with access to course content, case studies and additional study resources, as well as interaction with peers and tutors.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

Within the legal profession, a postgraduate specialisation on top of your law degree could offer a significant career advantage. On this course, you’ll gain specialised skills and knowledge that will enhance your suitability for roles in business, public-sector or governmental organisations.

Suitable roles for graduates of this course are:

- In-house lawyer
- Legal executive
- Paralegal
- Trademark and patent attorney
- Company secretary

Links with industry -

The course was developed in conjunction with an extensive variety of legal professionals including solicitors, barristers, company secretaries and legal consultants and compliance officers.

You will also benefit from Solent’s programme of professional guest speakers such as commercial solicitors, managing partners, police, trading standards officers, barristers and members of the judiciary.

Transferable skills -

High-level research and planning skills, due diligence presenting written and oral material, working independently and in groups.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £4,635

International full-time fees: £11,260

UK and EU part-time fees: £2,320 per year

International part-time fees: £5,630 per year

Graduation costs -

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Next steps

Want to gain a competitive edge in your legal career? Southampton Solent’s specialised international trade regulation master’s degree can enhance your existing law qualifications and provide you with the skills and knowledge required to further your career.

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Technological change and the digital economy raise new economic and managerial challenges for businesses and public and private sector organisations. Read more
Technological change and the digital economy raise new economic and managerial challenges for businesses and public and private sector organisations. Birkbeck's Postgraduate Certificate in Business Innovation is designed for graduates who wish to acquire advanced, practical knowledge of these challenges and the best ways of approaching and tackling them.

We will consider the theoretical foundations of managing business innovation, but we will also look at real-life applications of this theory, the realities of contemporary professional practice, and how you can encourage, nurture and manage innovation. This combination of practical insight and analysis of real-world issues will enhance your career development and equip you for a range of management roles.

This programme will give you a deep understanding of the importance of innovation for rethinking a range of ideas, issues and structures within management, including business strategy, corporate assets, intellectual property rights, institutions, organisations and firms, entrepreneurship, and globalisation in a changing world. This course is ideal if you want to develop topical, focused and practical insights into the fundamentals of business innovation, including not only the technological aspects of innovation, but also the associated business models and working patterns. Modules focus on innovation management, entrepreneurship, networks and institutions influencing innovation, and digital business models.

If you wish to continue with your studies, you will be automatically accepted on to 2 Birkbeck Master's degrees: MSc Business Innovation with Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management; and MSc Business Innovation with E-business.

Birkbeck is a centre for excellence in research and inspirational teaching in business innovation. Our Centre for Innovation Management Research draws on a variety of academic disciplines across the fields of management, law, geography, economics and science policy to consider innovation systems, intellectual property rights, social capital, entrepreneurship, globalisation and more. The Centre's academic team delivers high-quality teaching and training in innovation and entrepreneurship to students and industry professionals.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Birkbeck is a centre of excellence in research and provides inspirational teaching in business innovation.
The programme is supported and informed by the cutting-edge research and professional expertise of our Centre for Innovation Management Research.
Many Birkbeck students work in, or have professional experience, in the industries under consideration. This provides strong networking opportunities with fellow students and Birkbeck alumni, with potentially beneficial impacts on your career development.
This Postgraduate Certificate provides guaranteed progression routes on to relevant Master's degree at Birkbeck, should you decide to continue you studies.
We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, Birkbeck's Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers, as well as enthusiastic teachers, and they regularly publish cutting-edge research. We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.

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