School of Law

QLLM328 Digital Intellectual Property Law (Sem 1)

Module description

The module covers, particularly, fundamental aspects of how and why certain subject matter relevant to the computer and IT technologies are protected, and introduces students to the ensuing problems of IP protection vis-a-vis concerns over freedom to imitate, trade and access informational goods. Using a comparative perspective, the module addresses the protection of computer programs under different national and international regimes in relation to patent, copyright and trade secret protection, the protection of databases and information collections under IP and unfair competition laws, contractual aspects including the use of digital rights management models and end user licenses and, time permitting, relevant aspects of competition law.



Applicable Groupings

  • LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law
  • LLM in Computer and Communications Law
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law
  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Law and Economics
  • Laws (General)
  • LLM Flexible Study.

Mode of Assessment

2 x 2,500 word course essays


22.5 Credits