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SOLM078 Licensing Intellectual Property

This module is not running for 2024-25 entry. Check our LLM and Diploma module list to see other related modules you could take.

Please note: you cannot take SOLM078 and SOLM092 together.

Module Description

The module begins with an explanation of the principles of intellectual property, contract and competition law as they relate to licensing contracts. The body of the module will be concerned with the character, structure and drafting of licensing agreements for the major forms of intellectual property to include patent, trade mark and copyright licensing.  In light of legislation and case law, the module will examine the key terms common to intellectual property licensing agreements including: ownership; grant of intellectual property rights; territorial exclusivity; invention improvement; sublicensing; royalties; warranties and indemnities. The module will discuss current issues in the field of licensing including trade marks and selective distribution agreements; standard essential patents and FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) licensing; as well as copyright licensing, news aggregation; and software contracts. In discussing the issues, Licensing Intellectual Property will focus on the relevant aspects of intellectual property, contract and competition law.

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30 Credits

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