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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 but also equally important to note that you can be infringed globally.

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. IP types include copyright, patents and trademarks plus industrial designs and geographic symbols and naming conventions.

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. It is also closely aligned to the protection of human rights when applied to creative thought and application. You study the deep issues and challenges of intellectual property law how to apply it to innovation at the start of the creative process and how to maintain it rights international level.

Courses listed for the programme

  • Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship x2
  • Master of Law Dissertation


  • International Intellectual Property
  • International Intellectual Property: Frameworks and Challenges
  • Copyright and Patents
  • Trade Marks and Brand Development
  • Commercialising Innovation and Law

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • 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 

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • September or January
  • 12 Months or 24 Months

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