LLM in Intellectual Property Law
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa
ZAR 40,802 / per year *
Earliest start date
* fees for the complete programme amount to between R40802,00 and R101910,00. Fees may vary depending on the composition of a particular qualification
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 the 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 utilization of immaterial property, and the enforcement of resultant rights. The objects of the various IP rights typically include patents, copyright, registered designs, and trademarks.
Reasons for studying at UJ
- UJ offers not only a special program called the First Year Experience to help orientate students throughout the first year but we also offer a Senior Student Experience that gears students toward the workplace!
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- 178 Internationally respected and accepted qualifications.
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What will I be taught? In the three coursework modules, you will be learning more of:
1. Trademark law (first semester)
Trademark law involves a study of the fundamental principles as found in practice. In other words the nature of a mark, the concept of use, bars to registration, the issue of registrability, and infringement provisions. Where relevant, freedom of speech as encountered in other jurisdictions will be studied.
2. Copyright law (second semester)
This module entails a study of the basic principles of copyright law, in particular the issue of originality, the rights of the copyright owner, exemptions from infringement, and infringement itself. Attention will also be given to internet law as it intersects with copyright or other areas of the law. This may include the liability of service providers, moral rights, television format protection, prominent cases on the subject, and proposed legislation.
3. Patent and design law (first semester)
This module is an advanced study of patent law, dealing with basic principles of patent registration and the exclusions from patentability, such as software. The issue of infringement and relevant remedies will be discussed in detail. A similar approach is followed in relation to design law.
A dissertation of a limited nature must be completed on a topic taken from one of the three modules.
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An IP LLM could lead to a career as an advocate, attorney, legal adviser in government or in the private sector, a position in a regulatory environment, or a position in an international agency.