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    Queen Mary has a long history of excellence in research and scholarship in intellectual property, spanning 35 years through the creation of the dedicated research institute – Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI), part of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

    At the time of establishing CCLS, Sir Roy Goode and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) began what is now a well-established relationship with CCLS, in the education of trainee patent attorneys and those seeking to enter the profession. Similarly over the years, CCLS has worked closely with the Institute of Trademark Attorneys (ITMA). This training continues today with programmes for patent and trade mark professionals that are among the most respected in the UK, attracting scholars from all over the world. CIPA has been an important part of QMIPRI’s research life as well, making significant contributions to the IP Archive at Queen Mary, which is one of the finest intellectual property collections in Europe.


    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 & II, Basic Principles of English Law, and a compulsory Study Project where students develop skills in project management, commercial and litigation practice.

    Optional modules may include Law of competition I, Competition law and licensing I and II, Law of copyright and design I and II, Information technology law, Intellectual property transactions, Licensing practice, Media law, Law of patents I, Trade mark law I, Intellectual property in food, biotechnology and agriculture, Intellectual property in the United States.


    • Three-hour, 15-minute papers for each full core option, for example Copyright and Designs Law I and II
    • Two-hour, 15-minute papers for each half option (if option is run)
    • 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.

    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 Attorneys (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.


    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, Maastricht, 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, Professor Guido Westkamp.


    One semester full-time.

    Programme description

    This is a full-time one-semester programme, which, at present, runs from mid-September to mid-December, with exams taking place in January.

    The Certificate programme is an intensive 13-week programme designed exclusively for trainee patent attorneys. Trainees who successfully complete this programme will gain exemption from CIPA foundation level examinations. The objective of this programme is to provide the student with a broad, overall perspective of intellectual property law, so that later, in practice, he or she has a more balanced appreciation of the wider range of matters which modern intellectual property practice involves.

    Programme outline

    There is intensive coverage of the law and practice of Patent Law, Law of Trade Marks and Unfair Competition, Copyright & Designs Law and Competition Law. There is also an introduction to aspects of Basic Principles of English Law, Practice and Evidence that are of special relevance to intellectual property practitioners.

    The emphasis is primarily, but not exclusively, upon UK Law; thus, considerable attention is paid to the European Patent Convention and to EC law and to other regional arrangements and international conventions which affect the activities of the UK practitioner.


    Three-hour, 15-minute papers for each subject, plus additional one-hour 45-minute Patent Law and Law of Trade Marks and Unfair Competition papers for exemption from the CIPA foundation level examinations. Closed book examinations operate for all modules.

    Entry requirements

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

    The programme has been specifically designed in close cooperation with the CIPA, for the trainee attorney who, preferably, has been in an office for six months to a year and has already had an opportunity of becoming familiar with some of the language, documentation and procedure of patent and/or trade marks.

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