1. Critically evaluate the system for protecting intellectual property under The TRIPS Agreement and the procedures within the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
2. Critically analyse and discuss the perceived conflicting attitudes towards the enforcement of intellectual property rights, and maintain a critical discussion of the merits of protecting intellectual property.
3. Acquire an in-depth knowledge of the various international conventions and agreements concerning the harmonisation and protection of intellectual property, together with the role of the main international bodies (e.g. WTO) in a socio-economic and political context.
On completion of this module students will be able to:
4. Demonstrate the ability to research information from primary and secondary sources (including traditional and electronic media), and apply such information to simulated problems.
5. Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise the norms and principles of intellectual property law in a given context so as to formulate a solution to a problem.
6. Critically analyse and assess the implications of setting minimum standards of intellectual property protection for all members of the World Trade Organisation.
7. Participate individually or as a member of a group in formulating legal arguments, and in so doing be able to demonstrate strategic thinking by reaching reasoned submissions which can be applied to solve simulated problems.
This assesses learning outcomes 2, 6 and 7 above.
You need to read the following at the very least.
• TRIPS Articles 1, 22-24
Using the wiki / blog, select one of the following:
• Palm wine.
• Tole tea
• Jasmine rice
Research the level of protection that the one that you have selected, attracts whether as a trade- mark, through passing off (unfair competition) or as a geographical indication. Is there any evidence that goods originating from developing countries attract less protection internationally?
Word limit 1, 000 words maximum per student. The tutor will allocate the produce to be selected in class. A student may also select produce from their country of origin, on condition that the tutor can be directed to the relevant law in English.