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One year full-time, two years part-time.

Programme description

This MSc programme is aimed at those who recognise the increasingly important role of intellectual property in our modern economy. There is continued need for expertise in intellectual property law and management in industry, commerce and the innovative and creative industries, and the MSc gives graduates the opportunity to study intellectual property to a high level. The programme offers a professional stream (for science and technology graduates seeking to become patent and trade mark attorneys) and a business stream, available to graduates from all fields looking to expand their knowledge of the application and management of intellectual property.

Programme outline

All students in the Professional Stream are required to study the core modules: Patent Law I & II, Copyright & Designs Law I, Law of Trade Marks & Unfair Competition I, Basic Principles of English Law, and a compulsory Study Project where students develop skills in project management, commercial and litigation practice.

Full year options may include Creativity Publics & Performance, Fashion Furniture & Design, Innovation & Technology, Information Technology Law, IP Transactions, Intellectual Property, Innovation & Strategy and Interactive Entertainment Law.

Half options may include Licensing Practice, Media Law, Management of Innovation & Design and Principles and Practice of Enterprise Management. The following new modules, which are subject to approval, may include US Intellectual Property Law, Digital Intellectual Property Law, IP in Agriculture, Food & Biotechnology, IP in Sports and IP in the Creative Industries.

Assessment

  • Three-hour, 15-minute papers for each full core option, for example Copyright and Designs Law I and II
  • Two-hour, 30-minute papers for each half option, for example Licensing Practice (if option is run)
  • Research Paper or Project for other modules (for example, Management of Innovation and Design)
  • Study Project (one year, various submitted materials relevant to management of an intellectual property portfolio, equivalent to 15,000 words).

Closed book examinations operate for all programmes.

Students are offered the chance to undertake additional special papers for those intending to be Patent and/or Trade Mark Attorney (Professional Stream only). Those who opt to undertake these exams gain exemption from the CIPA and ITMA foundation-level exams and in line with the exemption criteria laid down by IPReg and also gain a pass in the additional Certificate of Intellectual Property Law.

Entry requirements

Minimum lower second class honours degree or equivalent – any discipline for Business Stream; natural or medical sciences or engineering for Professional Stream. Graduate degrees in mathematics, computer sciences or economics will be considered, but candidates must show that a considerable amount of their previous study covered the areas of science and technology.

European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPN)

Students will have the opportunity to apply for a place on the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network. The network comprises, besides the CCLS at Queen Mary, IP institutes offering postgraduate education in IP in Alicante, Munich and Strasbourg. Two conferences are organised annually covering specific areas of current interest in IP and students may receive a certificate for submission of a report prepared jointly with students from partner institutions. EIPIN is led by the MSc Programme Director, Prof Guido Westkamp.

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