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LAW3043 : Patent and Trade Mark Law (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Andrew Griffiths
  • Lecturer: Dr Bronwen Jones
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


• To impart knowledge and develop critical awareness of the law of Patents and of the law of Trade Marks in the United Kingdom, these being two of the three major branches of Intellectual Property Law.

• To examine the above areas of law and their underlying principles in their International and European contexts.

• To develop an appreciation of the recent history of these areas of law and of the policy objectives that have informed this history.

• To examine related areas of law, in particular the common law of passing off and the law governing the Free Movement of Goods.

Outline Of Syllabus

• An Introduction to Patent Law and Trade Mark Law as major branches of Intellectual Property Law.

• The Foundations of Patent Law.

• Patentability

• Biotechnology, Gene Patenting and Ethical Issues in Patent Law

• Plant Breeders’ Rights

• The Foundations of Trade Mark Law

• Registration of Trade Marks.

• Infringement of Trade Marks

• Trade Marks and Passing Off

• Trade Marks and the Free Movement of Goods.

• Redress

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The use of lecturing as the principal teaching method is justified by the technical nature of the subject and the need to provide initial exposition to assist students in achieving the requisite knowledge base. The seminars focus strongly on the skills outcomes and especially on the problem solving skills. The seminars provide the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application. The private study takes the form of directed study following on from lectures and in preparing for seminars.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The use of an examination is made to provide an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills. This medium is particularly suitable for problem solving and, further, it allows candidates to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across the broad range of topics in the syllabus.

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