In recognition of the emergence of Intellectual Property Law as an important but controversial policy instrument and a major focus of academic inquiry, LSE Law has now greatly expanded its LLM programme in this area.
The Department has assembled a team of leading specialist researchers offering courses in each of the three major IP sub-areas of copyright, patents and trade marks, as well as a menu of related options focusing on media law and regulation, information technology law and regulation, cultural property, and the 'global bio-economies' in which some types of intellectual property right now function. Together, these courses present a rich variety of perspectives on the intellectual property system: they impart a sophisticated understanding of the law relating to patents, copyright and trademarks; they explore the factors responsible for the continuing rapid expansion of each of these regimes of rights; they reveal Intellectual Property Law the processes by which economic, cultural, political and technological pressures for change in the area of intellectual property law become translated into legal initiatives; and they critically analyse the theoretical frameworks that have been used to justify or explain the imposition of proprietary structures (alongside other regulatory systems) within the fields of knowledge, culture and innovation. Together with colleagues in other departments and research institutes (notably the Department of Media and Communications, BIOS and DESTIN), the teachers of this group of courses routinely engage in and facilitate interdisciplinary work relevant to intellectual property law. The stimulating environment generated by these links is further enriched by a network of distinguished visitors offering occasional lectures and seminars on current issues and debates in IP law, theory and policy.
LL4AA Global copyright policy: Contemporary issues
LL4AG Competition law: Challenges and prospects
LL4AT Regulation: Strategies and enforcement
LL4AU Regulation: Legal and political aspects
LL4BM The legal protection of inventions
LL4BN Innovation, technology and patent law
LL4BP Current issues in Intellectual and cultural property law
LL4BT Cultural property and heritage law
LL4BU Art and antiquities law
LL4H2 Media law: Regulation publication
LL4H3 Media law: Regulation newsgathering
LL4N6 Principles of copyright law
LL4S5 Piracy, content and ownership in the information society
Please note that not all subjects are offered every year, so if a subject is crucial to your study programme, please confirm its availability.