Intellectual Property at Bournemouth University
Bournemouth University (BU) has a strong international reputation in the intellectual property arena, specifically its Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM), which has a respected standing, both nationally and internationally, in research and legal education in different areas of IP law.
We offer intellectual property study at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Along with the PGCert and LLM courses detailed below, BU also offers IP law as an optional unit for final year LLB students. The unit involves collaboration with students from Design and Engineering where the law students are given the opportunity to advise students in engineering on their innovations. This element of the unit, culminating in prizes sponsored by CIPPM and patent attorney Professor Paul Cole, provides for a unique experience for students studying IP law at BU whilst preparing them for a career in IP law from the level of undergraduate studies.
We have helped to further the careers of many legal, engineering and science professionals, from organisations such as IBM, Nokia, Siemens, JP Morgan, Airbus and BAE Systems. Law firms that have sent or taken students include: Marks & Clerk, D Young & Co, HGF, Withers & Rogers and Baker & McKenzie.
Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property
This part-time course is designed to give a detailed overview of substantive IP law and aims to improve your employability, particularly if you intend on working in IP intensive industries in a variety of legal and managerial roles.
The course is accredited by the statutory regulator, the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) and provides full exemption from the CIPA/CITMA Joint Education Board foundation papers. For many students, it is the first step to professional qualification.
Many of our students hold degrees in a science or technology subject. If you don’t have prior legal knowledge, you will be supported by a range of online activities relating to foundational principles of law, such as the English legal system, contract law and tort.
More than half of our students are sponsored by their employers and the course is delivered over three long weekends (from Thursday afternoon to Saturday) with online study over five months
LLM Intellectual Property
This is a full-time option, which provides a thorough understanding of UK and European law, together with international conventions and practices affecting IP protection in the context of the global economy and the internet.
You will experience a unique blend of delivery and self-managed study over this one-year course and the completion of specific units will provide you with full exemptions from the CIPA/CITMA Joint Education Board foundation papers.
CIPPM is a member of the Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship Programme, promoted in partnership with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO). Under the Pan-European Seal, students of the LLM Intellectual Property have the opportunity to apply for a 12-month paid traineeship at the EUIPO or the EPO. Training will take place at the headquarters of EUIPO (Alicante, Spain) and EPO (Munich, Germany) with a monthly allowance and other benefits.