MSc Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Intellectual Property Rights (PLG 7)

Unit code PHAR71460
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Pharmacy
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit covers all aspects of intellectual property rights. Although more emphasis may be placed on patents and know-how, the unit includes trademarks, trade secrets, design and copyright. 


  • To develop an understanding of the value and limitations of IPRs in encouraging innovation with emphasis on the use and application of IPRs in a pharmaceutical and biotechnology business development and licensing context. 
  • To provide an appreciation of the range of IPRs available to companies and the essential nature of IP in deal structures.
  • To develop an understanding of the national nature of IPRs and to evaluate the different types IPRs in the product life cycle.
  • To provide an appreciation of the costs and benefits of filing maintaining and prosecuting IPRs in different situations.
  • To provide an appreciation of role of IP in start up companies and the effect of IP in deal valuations and negotiations.
  • To provide an appreciation of the issues related to infringement of IP rights.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:

  • recognise the limitations of the information available on IPRs, know what questions to ask and to communicate the information in an appropriate manner;
  • demonstrate the ability to produce IP information in order to support a business proposal and to appraise critically the strengths and weaknesses of an IP portfolio, including the impact of risk.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Provisional marks and feedback for coursework returned within 15 working days.

Exam marks and final marks returned after ratification at exam board. 

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Matthew Shaw Unit coordinator

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