IF YOU WANT TO BE A STRATEGIC THINKER ON IP, COMPLETE THE LLM AT UJ!
“The future of the nation depends in no small part on the efficiency of industry, and the efficiency of industry depends in no small part on the protection of intellectual property.” Judge Richard Posner in Rockwell Graphic Systems, Inc. v. DEV Industries, 925 F.2d 174 (7th Cir. 1991)
The field of intellectual property (IP) reaches wide, and is probably the most dynamic field of law, as it constantly changes. What does it relate to? The nature of IP is best understood through a comparison with other, tangible, forms of property. One example is immovable property, such as a piece of land.
Other examples are things, such as a vehicle, a watch, or a soccer ball. In these instances one has rights to the object itself. In other words, your rights would be infringed if the object is destroyed. The position with IP is different. An example might be a patent for a pair of night vision binoculars. The intellectual property rights of the patentee would not be infringed if the binoculars are destroyed. The reason for this is that it is the invention that is protected and not the binoculars. IP is, accordingly, that body of law that regulates the creation and utilisation of immaterial property, and the enforcement of resultant rights. The objects of the various IP rights typically include patents, copyright, registered designs, and trade marks.
To properly understand all these issues, it is necessary to study them on an advanced level. It is necessary to understand both the legislation and the case law relating to a particular discipline. In the modern business world, it has become impossible to properly deal with commercial transactions without the necessary IP background. This LLM aims to provide the student with the necessary tools to navigate the IP landscape, and create awareness of pitfalls or opportunities that may present themselves. In fact, in given situations, the holder of an advanced degree in IP might be preferred for a specific task over someone who does not have such a qualification.
IN VIEW OF THE COMPLEX NATURE OF IP, STUDENTS BENEFIT MOST FROM AN INTERACTIVE CLASS ENVIRONMENT. IT IS A SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE OF THE DEGREE TO FOSTER SUCH INTERACTION.
What Will I Be Taught? You Will Be Learning More Of:
- Trade mark law
- Copyright and Internet law
- Patent law
- You will also write a dissertation on an intellectual property law topic.
The co-ordinator of the course is Professor Wim Alberts, who has 20 years of practical experience. He will be assisted by other academics as well as practitioners.
Scholarships are available. Students who complete their degree within two years, qualify for the reimbursement of their tuition fees (excluding the registration fee and ICT levy, and subject to certain terms and conditions).
In general, as a minimum admission requirement, students must have attained an average of 65% for the law subjects in their LLB degree.
An IP LLM could lead to a career as:
- an advocate
- an attorney
- a legal advisor in government
- a legal advisor in the private sector
It could also open doors to a position in a regulatory environment or a position within an international agency.
For further information and enquiries regarding entry requirements, closing dates and the application procedure, as well as the substance of the coursework, contact the faculty:
Mrs P Magongoa: Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Tel: 011 559 3843 , Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Web: www.uj.ac.za/law
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Last updated January 2, 2017