Director IP Wales®
Director IP Wales®
Contemporary concerns originating in market and business failures sufficiently indicate the vital importance of business law for accountability and performance. Taking account of the rapid developments in this field, this module offers students an unique opportunity to explore business law on a broad spectrum. It allows for an investigation into new and dynamic issues pertinent to the operation of businesses in the international context, including intellectual assets management, international payment and transactions, the governance of businesses and aspects of insolvency and personal responsibility. Designed to accommodate both legal and commercial perspectives, it allows students to obtain an understanding of cutting edge developments in a number of discrete legal areas.
This Module concentrates on the Public International Law aspects of Intellectual Property. It reviews the work of the World Trade Organization (WTO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in the field of Intellectual Property. It examines the various existing and proposed International instruments relating to Intellectual Property, such as the TRIPS agreement; Paris, Berne, Rome and Madrid Conventions; Convention on Biological Diversity etc.
It is estimated that over 70% of a typical company¿s value today lies in its intangible assets (UK Treasury Review of Intellectual Property, 2006). Yet evidence would suggest that companies do not readily understand the nature of these legal assets or manage them in an effective commercial manner. This module explores the legal nature of these assets from an international perspective; the changing innovation environment within which they need to be managed within a global context; the different ways in which the law may be used to protect product/service differentiation from business competitors. This module will give students the tools and skills they will need to analyse the various transactions used within a modern economy for technology transfer and franchising. The module will also deal with the valuation of intangible assets and issues of their enforcement.
Energy is one of the driving forces of our prosperity, progress and mobility: it is the fundamental ingredient in many of the products that we use daily and the engine of economic growth in many parts of our globalised world.¿ Oil and gas is transportable, still relatively cheap and a comparatively abundant source of energy. With 60% of our oil and gas resources currently located offshore (with about 70% of the oil and gas reserves as yet undiscovered) and supplies on land increasingly nearing the end of their lifespan, offshore activity ¿ and all of its ensuing legal complications (coastal jurisdiction, regulation of exploratory activities and exploitation permissions) ¿ are set to increase. Growing in tandem is the increasingly important development of renewable energy. With international commitment to reduce the carbon footprint, the petroleum industry is seeking alternative means of exploiting our resources, from offshore wind, to current and beyond.
Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law