Module title: Intellectual Property

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LAW09115
Module leader: Duncan Spiers
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law

LAW08104 Business Law or LW12002 Contract Law or LAW07102 Obligations 1
Examples of equivalent learning would be general principles of Introductory Business Law, Contract Law and Obligations 1 at SCQF Level 7 and 8.

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Duncan Spiers
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los

Lectures are used to provide a basic framework to the topic and key references. Tutorials make use of a pack of tutorial materials containing a mix of theoretic and problem type questions, open-ended questions for discussion, and questions focusing on key issues in the topic. This approach enables students to think what legal concepts mean, what values are involved and how these concepts and values apply to changing legal and social circumstances. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of analytical skills and the recognition of appropriate methods.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills

Students will be encouraged to develop analytical skills which will enhance their personal and professional development.

Assessment (formative and summative)

Assessment for this module will comprise:-
1. One piece of written coursework of approximately 2,000 words (formative and summative assessment) to be submitted in week 9; and
2. One unseen examination in week 14/15 (summative assessment);

The assignment allows demonstration of acquired skills and provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate broad understanding of the subject.

Research/ teaching linkages

This will occur in preparation for coursework, the examination and tutorials, and in participation in tutorials. Students will be encouraged and required to read relevant text books and journal articles.

Supporting equality and diversity

Key module materials and information are available on WebCT so as to cater for different learning approaches and circumstances of individual students and to assist flexible learning;


EU law is an important source of Intellectual Property and Information Law

Formative Assessment:
On-going formative assessment on student progress will be given during classes

Summative Assessment:
Assessments for this module are reflected in section 17.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 168
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1-5 9 , WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1-4 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Background and basic principles; authorship and ownership; performance rights; moral rights; infringement and remedies; defences; new technology and copyright; European and international aspects; copyright theft.
Design Law
UK and European registered design rights and unregistered design rights; interplay with copyright; semiconductor chip topography design rights.
Patent Law
Background and practical aspects; statutory requirements; ownership; infringement, defences and remedies; new technology/ biotechnology and patents.
Business Goodwill and Reputation
Concepts; valuation and justification of goodwill; comparison and contrast with trademarks.
Trade marks and passing-off
Essential concepts; infringement, defences and remedies.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate an up-to-date and broad knowledge and integrated understanding of the structure, sources and substantive law governing intellectual property, of the relationship between UK law and the European directives underlying many areas of law, of proposals for future development of the law, and of its international law context. Evaluation of specific problems.
LO2: Demonstrate an understanding of the ongoing development of intellectual property as this responds to developments in science, the creative arts, technology and business practices and evaluate deficiencies in current law where appropriate.
LO3: Apply the substantive law to a range of complex practical problems based on real case studies.
LO4: Analyse legal problems, classifying issues in terms of relevance and importance, and propose solutions.
LO5: Develop the confidence and self-esteem to work effectively and research independently in planning and undertaking a complex task within an allotted time, carrying out research using library and internet resources, leading to a written assignment.

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