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Course Overview

This course is a substantive and critical analysis of two key areas of intellectual property law, copyright and patents, with a UK and European focus, and their impact on innovation and creativity. This course complements other innovation law LLM courses which focus on commercial, policy and sector matters.     

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Prof Abbe Brown

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Law (LS) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • Master of Laws in International Law and Strategic Studies (Studied)
  • Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (Studied)
  • Master of Laws in International Law and International Relations (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

A substantive and critical exploration, the legal rules at national and, where relevant, European levels, for the regulation of creativity (especially literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works) and innovation (specifically, inventions) in UK copyright law as harmonised with EU law, and UK patent law in light of the European Patent Convention.

This course will explore:

  1. the national legal framework for the regulation of creativity and innovation and introduce the main intellectual property rights - including copyright, patents, trade marks and designs - and how these rights overlap in the protection of intellectual assets
  2. rules regarding the subsistence of copyright, namely subject matter and originality
  3. copyright rules relating to authorship and ownership, and the economic rights of a copyright owner
  4. the infringement of economic rights and the fair dealing defences to copyright infringement
  5. patent rules on validity focusing on subject matter of inventions and excluded subject matter
  6. patent rules on validity focusing on the requirement of novelty, inventive step, and industrial application
  7. patent rules on scope, infringement and defences to infringement

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

4000 word take home exam (40%); 2 hour open book exam (60%).

Resi: 2 hour resit for the examination, to be taken at the next diet. 

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Written feedback will be provided on exams.  Regular, open and constructive feedback will be given in seminars. In providing feedback regard will be had to the University and School feedback policies.

Course Learning Outcomes


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