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Bournemouth University

Intellectual Property

This part-time course provides a development opportunity and will increase your prospects and employability by giving you practical skills and theoretical knowledge that firms and Intellectual Property departments, alike, are demanding.

It is designed to give a detailed overview of substantive intellectual property law. On successful completion of this course, you will obtain full exemptions from the foundation level examinations for qualification as a patent attorney or trade mark attorney in the UK (IPReg/CIPA/CITMA). Please indicate on your application form if you want to follow the patent attorney or trade mark attorney path.

You can complete this course whilst in full-time employment; more than 80% of our students are sponsored by their employers. If you do not have prior legal knowledge you will be supported by a range of online activities relating to foundational principles of law (such as English legal system, contract law and tort).

Entry requirements

A UK Bachelor Honours degree, 2:2 or above or appropriate training and/or experience. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above. 

Course modules

The course is delivered over five months, beginning 8 January (2018) with an extensive programme of online work (e-activities) and attendance at Bournemouth University (Thursday to Saturday).

The attendance dates for 2018 are:

  • 8-10 February
  • 8-10 March
  • 19-21 April
  • 1 June (exam)

The course will develop your knowledge in the following areas:

Core units

  • Patents & Designs: This unit will enable you to understand the legal regimes governing Patents and Designs. It will continue to update your knowledge of the law and apply legislation and judicial decisions to situations that may arise in the workplace. You will learn to use knowledge of prevailing Patents and Designs law to maximum advantage.
  • Copyright & Trademarks: During this unit you will develop a systematic understanding of the legal regimes governing Copyright and Trademarks. It will continue to update your knowledge of relevant UK, European and International law and it will also enable you to independently apply legislation and judicial decisions to novel situations that may arise in a commercial context.
  • International Intellectual Property Practice (Patent Attorney Route) and International Intellectual Property Practice (TradeMark Attorney Route): There is a common syllabus over these two units, focusing on national and international procedure in respect of securing and defending patent and trademark rights. If you chose the patent route, you'll have an additional taught component on patent drafting. For the trademark route, you'll cover competition-related provisions. Both units are taught by leading practitioners.

*Please note - all units include mandatory online e-activities

Course delivery

The course starts in January but the first weekend of attendance isn't until February - you will have online work to complete from January. In addition, prior to the attendance days where you will attend lectures and workshops, which will be interspersed with master classes of visiting speakers, you will be expected to undertake preliminary readings and participate in online e-activities.

You'll need to attend on three sets of attendance dates at Bournemouth University as well as for one exam. In between these attendance days, you'll be supported by online work. Successful completion of this work (e-activities) forms part of the IPReg accreditation requirements.

Assessment methods

Attendance is required on 3 sets of attendance dates (Thursday afternoon until Saturday), supported by online work and there is one exam.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships available from £2,000


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PgCert Part-time weekend £ 4,775 (Whole course) Home/EU 5 Months
PgCert Part-time weekend £ 4,900 (Whole course) International 5 Months

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