LL4AG      Half Unit
Competition Law, Technology and Intellectual Property

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Pablo Ibanez Colomo


This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time), MSc in Regulation and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


This course has a limited number of places and demand is typically high. This may mean that you’re not able to get a place on this course.


Prior knowledge of Competition Law is desirable, but not essential.

Course content

This module addresses some of the most topical and intellectually challenging aspects of contemporary Competition Law. The emphasis will be put on US antitrust and EU Competition Law, but developments from other jurisdictions are discussed where relevant. The module examines, inter alia, the application of competition law in high-technology and digital markets as well as its intersection with intellectual property (in particular patents and copyright).

Topics may include the following:

  • Competition Law in High-Technology Markets (including investigations involving the Big Tech)
  • The regulation of the digital markets in the EU and the UK
  • Competition Law and the pharmaceutical industry
  • Standard-setting and technology licensing


There will be 20 hours of seminars in the Winter Term and two hours of seminars in the Spring Term. Regular teaching may be complemented with visits from officials and practitioners from the UK and the EU. There will be a Reading Week in Week 6 of Winter Term.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to produce one 2,000 word formative essay during the course.

Indicative reading

Ibanez Colomo, The New EU Competition Law (Hart Publishing 2023).


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the spring exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law School

Total students 2022/23: 59

Average class size 2022/23: 29

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills