Copyright and Trade Mark Law

The details
Essex Law School
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
27 October 2020


Requisites for this module
LW101 and LW108



Key module for


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
-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.


  • Lionel Bently; Brad Sherman; Dev Gangjee; Phillip Johnson. (2018) Intellectual Property Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Christie, Andrew. (2020) Blackstone's Statutes on Intellectual Property.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

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

Additional coursework information

80% Summative Essay 20% Multiple-Choice Quizzes

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Alexandros Antoniou, email: a.antoniou@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Alexandros Antoniou, Dr Eden Sarid, Prof. Stavroula Karapapa



External examiner

Dr Hedvig Katherine Schmidt Moutsatsos
The University of Southampton
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 2600 hours, 5 (0.2%) hours available to students:
2595 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
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