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Intellectual Property Law PG Certificate

Course Description

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.

Visit the Intellectual Property Law PG Certificate page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

Student Profiles

The Brunel International Scholarships and Academic Excellence Scholarships (Postgraduate) - 20+ Awards

The Brunel International Scholarship Programme is an annual award run by the Brunel International office that is open to all international students. Its goal is to provide financial support to exceptional students. Scholarship holders will go on to represent Brunel as ambassadors throughout their time at the University. The deadline for applying for the 2014/15 programme is 25 May 2014 and all applicants will be notified of the panel's decision by the middle of July.For 2014/15, thanks to the generosity of Brunel’s alumni and supporters, we are pleased to be able to offer 37 awards, which will comprise a 15% discount on the cost of tuition fees. These awards are open to Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research students who are classed as overseas for fee purposes. Academic Excellence Scholarships (Postgraduate) – Automatic 15% tuition fee discount, unlimited to those who meet the conditions

Value of Scholarship(s)

15% discount


International Scholarship on application, and the Academic Excellence Scholarship - you must have first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure

Apply to University

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The normal requirement for admission to the LLM or to the Postgraduate Diploma will be a good undergraduate honors’ degree in law (or overseas equivalent). The Course Director will consider applications of candidates with non-law backgrounds based on applicants’ qualifications, experience and potential to successfully undertake and complete the course. International students are required to demonstrate a proficiency in English by attaining a 6.5 In IELTS or an equivalent approved English examination. For more information, please see: View Website

Course Fees

Home: £3,000 (part-time) Overseas: £4,750 (part-time)

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