LW363-6-SP-CO:
Copyright and Trade Mark Law

The details
2020/21
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
15
18 June 2020

 

Requisites for this module
LW101 and LW108
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Key module for

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Module description

This module aims to enable students to understand the nature and purposes of copyright and trade mark law, two of the key intellectual property rights in the UK. It involves a detailed examination of the relevant statutory provisions in the CDPA 1988 and Trade Marks Act 1994, as well as relevant case law. The course is taught against the backdrop of an increasingly voluminous EU jurisprudence.

Module aims

The module will enable the students to gain a deep knowledge and understanding of the nature and purpose of copyright and trade mark law, and of the rules currently applied in these fields, by introducing students with relevant primary and secondary sources and thus enabling them to gain awareness of and critical understanding of controversial issues in this area, including developments triggered by technological developments.

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
1.show knowledge and critical understanding of the nature and purposes of copyright and trade mark law, specifically the current rules relevant to the area;
2.demonstrate their understanding of current and controversial issues in the field of copyright and trade mark law;
3.show their familiarity with primary and secondary sources, including academic materials;
4.demonstrate their ability to apply with critical analysis the relevant principles, rules and techniques.

Module information

The subjects covered will include:
-Why copyright?
-What is a work?
-Who is an author?
-Scope of protection/infringing acts
-Defences
-Neighbouring rights
-Moral rights
-Technical protection measures
-What are trade marks and why are they necessary?
-What requirements must a trade mark fulfil in order to receive IP protection?
-When is a registered trade mark infringedand what are the rights of a trade mark owner?
-How can unregistered trade marks be protected?Note:not all topics require the same amount of time

Learning and teaching methods

This module is taught through a mixture of weekly live webinars, pre-recorded videos, and tutorials. Each week, the module teaching team will first produce and make available on Moodle two 25-minute pre-recorded video lectures. The module teaching team will then deliver a weekly live 50-minute webinar in which they further explore key legal concepts and answer your questions about the topics. These lectures and webinars will subsequently be available online through Moodle so that you can re-watch them as part of your independent study. Alongside this, there will be five bi-weekly 50-minute small group tutorials. The module teaching team will also produce and make available on Moodle short guidance notes. These notes will introduce the material to be covered in the lectures, webinars and required readings. The notes will also contain tips designed both to help you navigate the material to be covered in the lectures and webinars and to equip you to analyse the required readings. You will be expected to have completed the required readings in advance of your tutorials. Your tutorials will enable you to discuss the material covered in lectures, webinars and the required readings, obtain feedback on your pre-class preparation and deepen your understanding of key concepts. To help you prepare in the best possible way for your tutorials, you will be completing regular Multiple-Choice Quizzes on Moodle. The quizzes will be based on the reading set for that week so that the quiz forms part of your preparation for each tutorial. The quizzes will enable you to track your progress, understand what you are doing well, and give you clear feedback to help you manage your studies and your progress.

Bibliography*

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Multiple Choice Questions    20% 
Coursework   Summative Essay    80% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Lorna Woods, email: lmwoods@essex.ac.uk.
Lorna Woods, Alexandros Antoniou
lawugadmistrations@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 20 (50%) hours available to students:
20 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Law (School of)

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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