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On completion of this module students should be able to
• discuss the function of intellectual property law, in particular patents and trade marks, and how the relevant rules of law promote those functions.
• apply the relevant principles of law in a practical context
• analyse the intellectual property laws currently applicable in Ireland and across Europe
Patent Law and Policy: The Patent system in Ireland and Europe, The Justification for Patents, The criteria for patentability, Exclusions to patentability, Infringement, Patents and Access to Medicine, The TRIPS Agreement, Patents in the Covid Crisis
Trademarks: Justification for trademarks, Passing off, Registration of Trademarks, Infringement of trademarks
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
It is recommended that student have studied Law of the European Union before taking this module. It is also recommended that students are familiar with basic legal skills, such as research and reading case law and legislation.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Essay: 800 word essay on aspect of patent or trademark law.||Week 8||n/a||Graded||No||
|Group Project: Groups will create an "invention" and and create a portfolio outlining IP issues arising from this product, including patentability and trademarks. All students must demonstrate a contribution.||Week 12||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities
Group feedback will be given in class throughout the semester, as students work on their assignments and class activities. This will include peer review activities in class, and tools to self assess their work. Individual feedback will be available during office hours. Individual and/or Group Feedback will be given when the assignments are submitted.