School of Law

Certificate in Intellectual Property Law Modules

Read about the Certificate in Intellectual Property Law programme.

Students are required to pass all modules to achieve the qualification. Minimum pass mark is 50%.

All modules are compulsory and award the successful candidate dual foundation qualification as both patent and trade mark attorneys. The modules and programme are approved for professional exemption purposes by the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg), the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA).

Upon successful completion of the programme students are awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law.

Graduation Date: December annually.


IPLC025 – Fundamentals of Law and Professional Ethics (FL)

The FL module is examined by way of a multiple choice examination paper at the end of the initial intensive first 2 weeks of teaching.

This module aims to give students general knowledge of the English legal system in order to understand sources of law, the effects on intellectual property and the interaction between intellectual property and other areas of law. Students will obtain knowledge of the legal system and legal language and the ability to apply this understanding to various legal questions. In particular, they will gain an overview of legal principles and their application to various situations and problems. Students will acquire skills and experience in the assimilation and analysis of complex material from various sources, and will present the relevant knowledge and understanding through reasoned and supported research papers. The module will promote research skills as well as deliver practical and commercial skills for further training or research as desired.

The following skills will be gained:

  • understand the foundation and context for intellectual property law and practice
  • understand the differences between common and civil law
  • understand the fundamentals of contract law and the law of tort
  • understand the sources of law
  • understand the fundamentals of the judicial system including the Intellectual property
  • Enterprise Court and other courts, corporate structures.

(Compulsory non-credit bearing and assessed by MCQ paper – IPLC025)

IPLC121 – Trade Mark Law

The module will help the student acquire a solid basis of the law of trade marks, primarily within the UK but with reference to other jurisdictions. The focus will be on the national registration systems based on the European Trade Mark Directive, the Community Trade Mark system, and with reference to other International registration systems and filing strategies will be considered as well. The core underlying purpose of the module is the fundamental teaching of basic trade marks to the trainee IP attorney.

Students are encouraged to participate in class.  A principal goal is to develop practical skills useful in identifying specific trade mark and more general intellectual property rights and the manner in which they work together in “real world” scenarios.  

(30 credits) examined by one 2hr and one 2hr 15 min exam

IPLC122 – Designs and Copyright Law

This module offers an overview of the main copyright and design principles established under international, EU and UK law. The main focus is on UK copyright and design. Authorities from other jurisdictions will be used, where relevant, as a means of comparison to afford a cohesive basic knowledge of the subject area.

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify and define the scope of copyright and design protection, possible infringements and defences;
  • Appropriately refer to the relevant international, EU and UK legislation;
  • Use primary and secondary authorities to evaluate factual scenarios or changes in copyright and design policy;
  • Discuss problematic aspects of current legislation affecting the enjoyment and exploitation of content protected under copyright and design law.

(Compulsory non-credit bearing) examined by one 2hr 15 min exam

IPLC123 – Patent Law

The module will begin with an introduction to the basic principles of patent law. The body of the module will be concerned with the character, structure and drafting of patents, primarily within the UK but with a reference to other jurisdictions. The module will examine in light of statute and case law, the key terms common to such licensing agreements; ownership; grant of intellectual property; territorial exclusivity; invention improvement; sublicensing; royalties; warranties; indemnities and dispute resolution.

(30 credits) examined by one 2hr and one 2hr 15 min exam