LLM International Business and Commercial Law

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Intellectual Property Law

Unit code LAWS70101
Credit rating 30
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Law
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


  • To provide students with the opportunity of studying intellectual property rights ("IPRs") and their significance at the European and international level and to improve their knowledge of the relevant law;
  • To introduce students to some of the economic rational of IPRs and to enable them to understand the influence of economic and other factors on the development of the relevant law at the European and international level;
  • To encourage students to analyse the relevance of IPRs to the development of the European single market and to appreciate the relationships between IPRs and other areas of law; such as Competition Law and Law & Economics.
  • To develop students' research, analytical, critical, reasoning and presentational skills.
  • To give the students the needed knowledge to research and work in the field of IP.

Teaching and learning methods

  • 30 hours of lectures(including 2 hours of revision lectures)
  • 6 seminars (6 hours).
  • 10 hours of weekly direction and feedback drop-in session ( course-Specific office hours).

All materials, detailed lecture handouts and seminar handouts as well as other forms of guidance will be posted on Blackboard.

Knowledge and understanding

On successful completion of the unit, students will have:

•    A broad understanding of the treaties and agreements which govern IPRs at the European and international level and of some discrete topics within this area;

•    A clear understanding of  the economic rationale of IPRs and be able to relate trends and developments in IPRs at the European and international level to their economic context;

A detailed knowledge of the relationships between IPRs and other areas of law such as competition and human rights. 

Intellectual skills

On successful completion of the unit, students will have:

  • An ability to obtain relevant information, critically analyse it and present their conclusions in a logical, coherent and well-reasoned form;
  • An ability to analyse and evaluate the relevant law from an economic perspective and using other standpoints;
  • An ability to argue effectively and relevantly in class discussions and in their written work.

Practical skills

  • Research legal and other relevant information from a number of paper and electronic sources, including the World Wide Web;
  • Present complex ideas and legal arguments orally and in writing.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Develop the analytical, critical, evaluative and presentational skills indicated above
  • Understand and apply time- mangement skills
  • Acquire the experience to work as a team member and as a leader of a team.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

An Open Written exam


  • Formative feedback is made available in this course unit through class presentations and peer assessment (oral feedback will also be available in the unit’s seminars).
  • An optional un-assessed course work will be set and written feedback provided on the answers.
  • An outline of issues for the exam question will be published after the final assessment on Blackboard.

Recommended reading

•      Intellectual Property Law, by L. Bently & B. Sherman, 5th ed. (2018)

•      Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks & Allied Rights, by W. Cornish, D. Llewelyn & T. Aplin 8th ed., (2013).

More details will be announced at the first lecture, and will be made available on Blackboard

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 3
Independent study hours
Independent study 300

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jasem Tarawneh Unit coordinator

Additional notes

1. This course is available to ALL LLM students

2. Students wanting to undertake a research paper or dissertation on this subject, certain topics/titles will be suggested as suitable themes for research papers. Students could also submit their own titles. Approval will mainly be based on the course unit director’s assessment of whether the proposed research is manageable given the time constraints and the length of the research project. Approval will not be based on a subjective or objective assessment of an individual student’s abilities or understanding.

3. This course is assessed by a seen exam (open exam). Students will be given the exam questions (6 questions) one month prior to the exam date but only 3 questions out of the 6 questions will be given in the actual exam. Students will have to answer the 3 questions given.

4-In 2020/21 there maybe be some change to the teaching  delivery method of the course, 

depending on the circumstance related to Covid-19.    

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