School of Law

QLLM340 Global Intellectual Property: Fundamental Principles (Sem 1)

Module description

What is intellectual property? Why do international IP rules exist? Why do UN bodies, such as WIPO, UNCTAD, and WHO have conflicting goals where intellectual property is concerned? How does IP law interact with new movements and practices such as on open innovation, access rights or the Creative Commons? Does the law truly incentivise and reward authors and inventors? Or is IP law an unjustified property tool for large corporations? By looking at national and global IP laws, the course gives a fundamental grounding in patents, copyright, trademarks, as well as international hybrid rights such as geographical indications, plant and seed protection, design, database, and personality rights.



Applicable Groupings

  • LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law
  • LLM in International Economic Law
  • LLM in Law and Economics
  • General LLM
  • LLM Flexible Study.

Mode of Assessment

5,000 word course essay


22.5 Credits