School of Law

Postgraduate menu

QLLM309 Criminal Enforcement of Intellectual Property (Sem 2)

Module Description

The way in which countries undertake to prevent counterfeiting and piracy has gained increased media focus. Nonetheless in some jurisdictions, criminal enforcement of IP rights has been heavily criticized (eg the UK’s protection of Olympic symbols during the 2012 games) and claims by some internet users that there is a right to copy freely. This  module deals with the international policy and recognition of obtaining and enforcing criminal sanctions. It includes a focus on the UK to discuss the nuts and bolts relevant to bringing successful criminal actions. In choosing particular industry-related issues the module will look at how to apply policy to specific issues and discover how national and regional tribunals have dealt with such issues.


  • Provide students with a sound understanding of the essential principles of the criminal enforcement of IP rights in the UK;
  • Provide students with a detailed understanding of the international obligations on states to provide effective means of criminal enforcement of IP rights;
  • Provide students with a understanding of policy behind the criminal enforcement of IP rights;

Applicable Groupings

Mode of Assessment

7,500 word course essay


22.5 Credits

Return to top