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Commercial Intellectual Property Postgraduate Diploma in

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional
  • Start Date(s): Starting every month from October 2021 to June 2022
  • Duration: At student’s own pace within a 5 year registration
  • Study Mode(s): Part-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Why choose this course?

This course is online, at your pace. You choose when, where, and for how long.

  • Do you need to accelerate your knowledge of intellectual property (IP) and become proficient in the practice of IP in a few months?
  • Do you need to obtain a qualification in IP to enhance your profile and make you even more marketable so you may achieve your goals?
  • Are you a newly qualified Solicitor or Barrister practising IP?
  • Have you recently changed roles in your practice or become an in-house lawyer?
  • Have you decided to change the direction of your practice to one that includes IP?

If your answer to any of the above is “yes”, then this course is for you.

We have done the hard work for you by identifying what you need to know, how to apply it to practice and advise your client. We keep the law up to date and point you to articles and case law that will facilitate your learning about the nuances of commercial intellectual property.

Why study with Nottingham Law School?

  • We will teach you how to begin to think like an IP Practitioner Lawyer.
  • We will kick start your development into experienced, pragmatic and mature specialists. Thereafter, the addition of skill, judgment and authority in addressing the more complex aspects of IP law becomes important for you as a lawyer with ambition in the field of IP.
  • The course is accessed and delivered online, using NTU’s virtual learning platform, NOW. You therefore decide the speed at which you progress, depending on your personal circumstances. You may enrol on the first day of any month from October to June (inclusive).
  • You will be allocated an academic/personal tutor who will interact with you at designated milestones during the modules together with access to NTU’s own in-house IT Support Service.
  • The delivery of the course online enables NTU to provide you with different forms of learning activities and assessment. Assessment in the form of open book Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) is offered in module one and you will practise them in a formative way during the module.
  • The outcome after successful completion of the three modules is that you will begin to think like an IP Professional achieved at your pace and in your time.

What you’ll study

The Postgraduate Diploma in Commercial Intellectual Property comprises of three modules designed to take you from the foothills to the peak of commercial IP.

Module 1: Introduction to Commercial IP

You will be introduced to the law governing all categories of IP namely:

  • Patent
  • Trade Marks
  • Copyright
  • Designs
  • Confidential Information

The module will encourage you to begin to think like an IP lawyer as you examine the relevant law found in statutes and judgments. You will then focus on topics that apply across all categories of IP. Examining them in detail will help you to think laterally when addressing IP issues in preference to a “siloed” approach.

In this context, you will consider:

  1. The duration of IP Rights and how their natural life may be curtailed;
  2. What is excluded from IP protection?
  3. Limitations in the enforcement of IP Rights.

Module 2: Key Concepts in Commercial IP

Continuing your journey to think like an IP Lawyer, you will explore some of the more important, and in some cases, challenging elements of IP Law. You will revisit teaching from module one and use it as the starting point for more detailed exploration. This module equips you for progressing to module three where the principles studied in modules one and two are applied in the context of commercial realities.

In this module you will explore in greater depth the concepts covered in module one, to include:

  • Patent inventiveness
  • Patent sufficiency
  • Patent claims construction and mechanical equivalents
  • Subject matter that may not be patented
  • Copyright and design law interface in respect of non-aesthetic creations
  • The average consumer and the likelihood of confusion in trade mark law
  • Issues of dilution in trade mark law.
  • The informed user and overall impression in designs law
  • Case analysis techniques
  • Reflective practitioner skills

Module 3: Commercial IP Practice

This module is designed to complete the process of setting the knowledge of IP you have developed so far into the context of commerce – the context in which you aspire to provide effective professional guidance.  

We aim to do this by:

  • Familiarising you with various rights (e.g., Domain Name “rights”)) that are peripheral to the main IP Rights but which frequently need to be deployed in conjunction with those rights to achieve a client’s commercial advantage.
  • Setting the law in the context of particular industries where advanced technologies and modern communication facilities pose particular challenges.
  • Introducing you to the national and international registries, which, in the context of relevant international agreements, may be:
    • consulted to determine whether pre-existing rights may block a client from using or registering its intellectual creations; and
    • utilised to secure an international portfolio of registered IP rights.
  • Supplementing your existing knowledge of dispute resolution processes with procedures and trial preparation techniques that are unique to IP cases.
  • Developing your ability to secure client advantage through commercial arrangements involving IP rights including the effective navigation of tax and competition rules.

At each stage you will cement the knowledge you have acquired to date, and deepening your understanding, by re-examining and articulating the legal principles considered in modules one and two.

We develop further your ability to “think like an IP lawyer”. You will continue to become familiar with the concept of reflective learning and reflective practice.

In this module, you will consider:

Re-examination and articulation of the legal principles considered in modules one and two in the context of real-life practicalities of legal practice and the pragmatic application of those principles to include:

  • Practical issues arising in applying for registered protection in respect of patents, trade marks and designs in light of national and international rules.
  • The international rulebook in relation to copyright.
  • Complex examination of commercial significance of IP rights and their commercial exploitation.
  • Application of tax to IP rights. interrelationship of tax laws and IP rights.
  • Interface between IP rights and principles of competition law and rules.
  • Law of unjustified threats
  • Rights peripheral to IP law:
    • Database Rights
    • Geographical Denominations
    • Domain Names
    • Company Names Tribunal
    • ASA and consumer protection
    • Moral Rights
    • Rights in performance
    • Rights in semiconductor topography
  • IP rights (mainly copyright) and the internet.
  • Criminal law in respect of IP Rights.
  • Court procedures and rules, evidence, alternative dispute resolution techniques and expert witnesses as they apply to intellectual property.
  • Rights clearance and application of IP due diligence, investigation and contractual protection involved in, the acquisition/disposal of an IP-owning business.
  • Ownership, assignments, licences and security interests over IP rights including co-existence arrangements.
  • Reverse engineering/encrypted information in the context of confidential information and other IP rights.
  • UK Confidential Information and EU Trade Secrets Regulation.
  • Drafting and negotiation of warranties, indemnities, provisions in a business acquisition/disposal and common contractual provisions in IP related contracts
  • Role of IP in industries

How you’re taught

This course is online, studied at your own pace. You choose when, where, and for how long.

Assessment

The delivery of the course online enables NTU to provide you with different forms of learning activities and assessment.

Assessment in the form of open book Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) is offered in module one and you will practise them in a formative way during the module.

Module two uses the summative assessment method of Patchwork Text where you will “stitch together” the work you will complete during the module. The module also requires the creation of two explanatory leaflets and a 30-minute viva voce based on the content of your leaflets. This is an effective way of helping you to make sense of the complex concepts when dealing with Intellectual Property Rights.

Modules one and two will equip you for the more complex application of the law to practice in module three.  Assessment in module three focuses on short answer questions (SAQs) which are based on a seen case study used throughout the module, together with the creation of a 30-minute presentation/radio podcast and a prescriptive reflective report.

The outcome after successful completion of the 3 modules is that you will begin to think like an IP Professional achieved at your pace and in your time.

Course structure

Registration for the course leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in Commercial Intellectual Property is five years. This is commensurate with registration for other professional courses such as the Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice and IP Litigation.

Given that your progress is conducted at your own pace, expectations for completion to facilitate your success within this timeframe is suggested as follows:

ModuleStandard-paced  learnerAccelerate-paced learnerMaximum for completion
112 weeks (3 months)6 weeks (1.5 months)6 months
224 weeks (6 months)12 weeks (3 months)18 months
348 weeks (12 months)24 weeks (6 months)24 months

Completion is expected within four years of registration. This allows for 12 months space where you may take a few weeks/months break in between the modules.

There are three features to supporting your progress and success in the online course:

  1. The embedding of “nudges” and “unlocking” facilities.
  2. The academic/personal tutor.
  3. The diverse methods of formative and summative assessment.

Enrolment dates for module one

4 October 2021

4 November 2021

6 December 2021

5 January 2022

4 February 2022

4 March 2022

4 April 2022

4 May 2022

6 June 2022

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Your future career

We will kick start your development into experienced, pragmatic and mature specialists. Thereafter, the addition of skill, judgment and authority in addressing the more complex aspects of IP law becomes important for you as a lawyer with ambition in the field of IP.

Entry requirements

For Admission to the Diploma in Commercial Intellectual Property you must:

  • be a qualified solicitor or barrister in England & Wales; or
  • provide evidence to the Course Leader that you have an equivalent qualification or experience which will equip you to complete the programme successfully and demonstrate that you have learnt from your prior learning and experience. You will be required to demonstrate to the Course Leader and a member of the course team a significant level of motivation and commitment to the course and should be able to relate the course to your career development.

Applicants following the alternative route outlined above for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma will demonstrate a profile of the following attributes:

Motivation
Commitment to work through the specified learning events and relating the programme to their practice experience and career development.

Study skills
The ability to acquire and retain technical and practical legal knowledge.

Work experience
Relevant practice and experience in the area of commercial intellectual property.

Communication
Demonstration of oral and written communication skills.

Notwithstanding the above, the anti-discrimination policies of Nottingham Trent University shall apply and any students for whom the course has been developed shall not be restricted on the basis of age, gender, creed, ethnicity or disability.

For Admission to the Diploma in Commercial Intellectual Property you must:

  • be a qualified solicitor or barrister in England & Wales; or
  • provide evidence to the Course Leader that you have an equivalent qualification or experience which will equip you to complete the programme successfully and demonstrate that you have learnt from your prior learning and experience. You will be required to demonstrate to the Course Leader and a member of the course team a significant level of motivation and commitment to the course and should be able to relate the course to your career development.

Applicants following the alternative route outlined above for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma will demonstrate a profile of the following attributes:

Motivation
Commitment to work through the specified learning events and relating the programme to their practice experience and career development.

Study skills
The ability to acquire and retain technical and practical legal knowledge.

Work experience
Relevant practice and experience in the area of commercial intellectual property.

Communication
Demonstration of oral and written communication skills.

Notwithstanding the above, the anti-discrimination policies of Nottingham Trent University shall apply and any students for whom the course has been developed shall not be restricted on the basis of age, gender, creed, ethnicity or disability.

English language entry requirements
If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support
If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

Fees and funding

Home fees for 2021 entry

Study routeHome fees
Online £3,950

Launch discount

To celebrate the launch of this course, we will also offer a £500 launch discount. This will be a reduction on the tuition fee.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

International / EU fees for 2021 entry

Study routeHome fees
Online£3,950

Launch discount

To celebrate the launch of this course, we will also offer a £500 launch discount. This will be a reduction on the tuition fee.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

How to apply

For enquiries, please contact plsadmin@ntu.ac.uk

For enquiries, please contact plsadmin@ntu.ac.uk

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