Convener: Associate Professor Lee-Ann Tong

Course entry requirements: See Rules for LLM and MPhil Degrees. A student is not permitted to register for this course unless he or she has either completed Principles of Intellectual Property Law (CML5678F) or, in the opinion of the course convener(s), otherwise has a sufficiently sound academic background in intellectual property law.

Course outline:

The course aims to develop academic proficiency in selected aspects of intellectual property law. The focus is on South Africa within the context of international intellectual property practice. The course will be presented through seminars and lectures. The topics to be covered will be prescribed from year to year. Examples of topics include the following: aspects of Copyright – such as fair use/dealing, alternative licensing models, databases; aspects of Trade Marks – such as dilution, the ASA, domain names; aspects of Patents – such as biological resources, business method patents; enforcement of IP; performers’ rights; personality rights; publicly financed intellectual property; and traditional knowledge.

DP requirements: None

Assessment: Coursework (opinions and assignments) 40% Examination 60%