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LAW7077 - International aspects of intellectual property

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: T.B.A.


Not offered in 2007


The law of intellectual property is becoming increasingly international. The TRIPs Agreement, part of the WTO framework, has forced developing and developed nations to heighten the level of intellectual property protection. In addition, a large number of specific international treaties has set high standards for national states to comply with. The process of harmonisation at the European level provides additional norms of international IP protection. Subjects treated include: copyright law, neighbouring rights, trademark law, patent law, industrial design protection, sui generis database right and IP enforcement.


  1. To examine the bases for the international protection of intellectual property rights.
  2. To examine the evolution of new international norms in relation to intellectual property.
  3. To consider the relationship between the international protection of intellectual property rights and wider questions of international trade relations.


Assignment (100%) - 7,500 words