Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property & Technology Law

Course Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property & Technology Law (GCIPTL) is aimed at graduates with a law degree, who are seeking to specialise in Intellectual Property & Technology Law and who may want to be in-house IP advisors, IP lawyers, IP-portfolio managers and licensing/technology transfer executives.

The programme offers a selection of carefully curated intensive modules taught in Singapore by top IP professors from around the world – eg. NYU, UCLA, Melbourne, Oxford & NUS. It is conducted on a part-time basis and legal professionals have the flexibility to read a minimum of one 3-week intensive module at 4 modular credits (MC) per semester.

The GCIPTL will be awarded upon successful completion of 12-13 modular credits (a total of three modules). Candidates who have not read and passed a general module in Intellectual Property at NUS or its equivalent in a common law jurisdiction are required to read Foundations of IP Law. Candidates who have read and passed a general module in Intellectual Property at NUS or its equivalent in a common law jurisdiction may apply for exemption.
 

Admission Requirements

Candidates will be admitted based on the following admission requirements:
 

» A good Bachelor’s degree in Law
» Minimum TOEFL iBT 100 / TOEFL paper-based score of 600-603 / IELTS 7.0, if Law degree was not in English.

 

Duration & Graduation Criteria

Candidates must successfully complete a total of 12-13 modular credits (MCs) within a maximum period of 36 months of their candidature in order to be awarded the GCIPTL.
 

Modes of Instruction & Course Duration

Other than the semester-long modules on “Foundations of IP Law” and “Privacy & Data Protection Law”, each intensive module is taught over 3 weeks and scheduled as follows:

 

Day

Time

Monday

6:30pm - 9:30pm

Wednesday

6:30pm - 9:30pm

Friday

2:30pm - 5:30pm


The following are the periods when intensive modules are conducted in the Faculty:

 

Semester

Weeks

Weeks

Semester One

Week 1 to 3 (August)

Week 4 to 6 (September)

Semester Two

Week 1 to 3 (January)

Week 4 to 6 (February)

 

The examination and assessment of student performances in the programme will be conducted through various assessment modes such as class participation, assignments, research papers, take-home examinations and final examinations as stated in each module description.
 

The following are intensive modules offered in Semesters One & Two in AY2019-20:


 

List of Modules

Please click on the module titles below to view module details.

Semester 1
Module: LL5177 Entertainment Law: Pop Iconography & Celebrity
Course Synopsis Entertainment law is a very broad field that involves the application of contract, intellectual property, employment, media and competition law principles to the interactions that occur between members of the entertainment industry. It can also cover regulatory regimes relating to broadcasting and dissemination of content, as well as social media practices.
Course Convenor(s) Professor David Tan
Modular Credits 4
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
Course Duration 12 August 2019 - 30 August 2019
Make-up session for Mon, 12 Aug (Hari Raya Haji) on Sat, 17 Aug (1.00pm to 4.00pm)
Modes of Assessment 6-hr THExam - 100% [5000 words including footnotes]
Preclusion(s) Nil
Module: LL5328 Sports Law
Course Synopsis Sports Law is a very broad field, encompassing several areas of law unique to the sporting industry, as well as several traditional areas of law applied to the field of sport. This course will focus on the existing and evolving private and public international sports law systems, (where appropriate) the national sports law of several jurisdictions (including Australia, USA, UK and to a lesser extent, Singapore) and provide avenues of multi-jurisdictional comparative analysis. The social, political, commercial and economic influences on the development, content and structure of sports law globally will also be explored.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Senior Fellow Paul Anthony Czarnota
Modular Credits 4
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
Course Duration 2 September 2019 - 20 September 2019
Modes of Assessment 6-hr THExam - 100% [5000 words including footnotes]
Preclusion(s) LL4328V/LL5328V/LL6328V Sports Law
Module: LL5370 The Law of Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Compliance*
Course Synopsis This module explores the risks associated with protecting and managing the legal and corporate risks associated with the increasingly important and overlapping fields of cybersecurity, privacy and data compliance and offers both legal and practical solutions for regulating and managing such risks within an effective legal and compliance framework.
Course Convenor(s) Mr Paul Flanagan & Associate Professor Daniel Seng
Modular Credits 4
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
Course Duration 2 September 2019 - 20 September 2019
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20%; Research Paper - 80%
Preclusion(s) IFS4101 (for dual-track LLB and BSc (Comp. - IS) students; LL4370V/LL5370V/LL6370V The Law of Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Compliance

Semester 2
Module: LL5070V Foundations of IP Law
Course Synopsis This course seeks to introduce students to the fundamental principles of Intellectual Property (IP) law in Singapore. It has been designed to induct and immerse students who have little to no knowledge of IP law into one of the most interesting and rewarding areas of law, and to provide a strong foundation for those who intend to pursue advanced courses in IP or information technology. Since the practical application of IP law intersects with many other areas of law (e.g. corporate-commercial law, commercial dispute resolution, compliance, criminal law), students seeking to complement their knowledge with a basic understanding of IP should also find this module helpful.
Course Convenor(s) Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Tuesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm)
Course Duration 14 January 2020 – 14 April 2020
Modes of Assessment Final Examination - 70%; a 2000-word essay - 30%
Preclusion(s) Not opened to students who have taken or are taking a course on Law of Intellectual Property [LL4405/LL5405/LC5405/LL6405]; [LL4405A/LL5405A/LC5405A/LL6405A]; [LL4405B/LL5405B/LC5405B/LL6405B]; [LL4053 - Principles of Intellectual Property Law B] or its equivalent.
Module: LL5350V Privacy & Data Protection Law
Course Synopsis The objective of this course is to introduce students to the law on privacy and data protection. It examines the various legal mechanisms by which privacy and personal data are protected. While the focus will be Singapore law, students will also be introduced to the laws of other jurisdictions such as the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom.
Course Convenor(s) Mr Steve Tan & Mr Lanx Goh
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Thursdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm)
Course Duration 16 January 2020 – 16 April 2020
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20%; 6-Hr Take Home Exam: 80%
Preclusion(s) LL4350/LL5350/LL6350 Privacy & Data Protection Law
Module:  LL5372 International Intellectual Property Law*
Course Synopsis This module addresses the public and private international law issues concerned with the protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs) globally. It commences with an overview of the sources of public international IP law, including the principal treaties, their interpretation and domestic implementation, and the general architecture of the international IP system. Using selected case studies, it then considers other international obligations that intersect with IPRS, including trade and investment protection measures and human rights obligations. It concludes with a survey of the private international law issues affecting the global exploitation of IPRs, particularly in the context of the Internet.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor Sam Ricketson
Modular Credits 4
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
Course Duration 13 January 2020 – 1 February 2020
Make-up sessions for Fri, 24 Jan (CNY Eve) & Mon, 27 Jan (CNY) on Sat, 18 Jan & 1 Feb 2020 (1.00pm to 4.00pm)
Modes of Assessment Written Assignment - 20%; 6-hr THExam - 80%
Co-requisite Foundations of Intellectual Property Law [LL4070/LL5070/LL6070; LL4070V/LL5070V/LL6070V]; Law of Intellectual Property A [LL44050A/LL5405A/LL6405A/LC5405A]
Preclusion(s) LL4372V/LL5372V/LL6372V International Intellectual Property Law
Module:  LL5373 Advanced Copyright*
Course Synopsis Advanced copyright will examine a number of the most recent controversies in copyright law, including challenges to the cable and broadcast TV business models, the copyright status of "appropriation art", the permissibility of mass digitization, the phenomenon of "copyright trolls", and the copyright implications of universities' electronic library reserve policies. Students must have completed a course in basic copyright law.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor Christopher Sprigman
Modular Credits 4
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
Course Duration 3 February 2020 – 21 February 2020
Modes of Assessment 6-hr Take Home Exam - 100%
Preclusion(s) LL4373V/LL5373V/LL6373V Advanced Copyright
Module:  LL5071 International Patent Law, Policy & Practice
Course Synopsis Patents are the law’s primary mechanism for providing incentive for the generation of inventions, and for regulating the use of inventions by others. This course explores the law, the policy and the practice of the patent system, from an international and comparative perspective. The key jurisdictions considered are Europe, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Practical exercises are undertaken throughout the course to contextualise and to enhance learning.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor Andrew Christie
Modular Credits 4
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
Course Duration 3 February 2020 – 21 February 2020
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 15%; 6Hr Take Home Exam - 85%
Preclusion(s) To be advised
*These new modules may not be available for selection at the point of application. Applicants will be notified via email when the module information is updated and the modules are available for online selection.

 

Course Fees

Students will be required to pay SGD4,066 (inclusive of 7% GST) per module and will be billed at the start of each semester. The total programme fee for 3 modules is SGD12,198 (inclusive of 7% GST).

A Student Services Fee of SGD25.23 (inclusive of 7% GST) is also applicable each semester.
 

SkillsFuture Credit claimable

GCIPTL is a SkillsFuture Credit-eligible Programme. All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit from the government to offset part of the course fee for this programme. Applicants who wish to use the SkillsFuture Credit may refer to http://www.skillsfuture.sg/credit for more details.
 

Application

Application Period: 1 May 2019 to 31 May 2019

Intake Period: AY2019/2020 Semester One

This online application will take you approximately 15 mins to complete. Before you start, you should have details of your academic qualifications & employment and the PDF version of the following required documents at hand:
 

» A personal statement on why you wish to enroll in this programme, the nature of your work and such other information that you would like us to consider (not more than 1 page)
» Scanned copy of NRIC/FIN/Passport(foreigner)
» Scanned copy of your LLB Degree Certificate
» Scanned copies of your LLB Transcripts
» Any other supporting documents (e.g. TOEFL/IELTS results), if applicable
 


Any omission of supporting documents or information required in the Online Application Form will render the application void. All supporting documents, if not in English, must be accompanied by copies of the English translated version.

You will need to register for an account in the NUS Online Application Portal after selecting “Graduate Certificate (GC) Programmes”.
 

Click HERE to apply.

 

Application Deadline

31 May 2019, Friday

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Click HERE to view the FAQs relating to this programme.

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