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 The objectives of the course are to (i) examine key aspects of a modern entertainment industry with a focus on the enforcement of intellectual property rights relating to popular iconography in movies, books, fashion and the arts; (ii) critically evaluate claims brought by celebrities, authors, artists and well-known brands in the United States and United Kingdom (with appropriate references to Singapore); (iii) understand the current legal issues concerning the protection of the commercial interests of the celebrity. This course will provide an overview of the operation of four prominent causes of action brought by celebrities and rights owners in the fields of copyright law, trademarks, right of publicity and passing off.
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 To be advised
Preclusion(s) To be advised
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 To be advised
Preclusion(s) LL4328V/LL5328V/LL6328V Sports Law
Module: LL5370 Cybersecurity and Privacy
Course Synopsis To be advised
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 To be advised
Preclusion(s) To be advised

Semester 2
Module: LL5070V Foundations of IP Law
Course Synopsis This course seeks to introduce students to the general principles of intellectual property law in Singapore, as well as, major international IP conventions. It is aimed at students who have no knowledge of IP law but are interested in learning more about this challenging area of law. It will also be useful for students intending to pursue the advanced courses in IP/IT by providing them with the necessary foundation on IP law.
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 To be advised
Preclusion(s) LL5070V Foundations of IP Law
Module: LL5030V Privacy & Data Protection Law
Course Synopsis To be advised
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 To be advised
Preclusion(s) To be advised
Module:  LL5372 International IP Law
Course Synopsis To be advised
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 To be advised
Preclusion(s) To be advised
Module:  LL5373 Advanced Copyright
Course Synopsis To be advised
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 To be advised
Preclusion(s) To be advised
Module:  LL5071 International Patent Law, Policy & Practice
Course Synopsis The advent of new technologies in this scientific and technological age has led to a dramatic shift in business strategies and global economic development. IP rights (particularly patents) form an "inexhaustible resource" from which the fruits of research and innovation can be valued, commercially dealt with and shared. This course will analyse the international, regional and national patent laws, policies and practices including important aspects on successful technology licensing and knowledge transfer, as well as valuation and strategies for monetization of IP (patent) assets.
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 To be advised
Preclusion(s) To be advised

 

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: 5 April 2019 to 17 May 2019
 

Application Deadline

17 May 2019, Friday

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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