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 renowned visiting IP professors from around the world and by local faculty members. 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 visiting faculty differs from year to year, and includes/have included Jane Ginsburg (Columbia), Christopher Sprigman (New York University), Kal Raustiala (UCLA), Andrew Christie (Melbourne), Sam Ricketson (Melbourne), Martin Senftleben (VU Amsterdam), Graeme Dinwoodie (Oxford/Chicago-Kent) and Cui Guobin (Tsinghua). The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) also runs a semester-long module “Foundations of IP Law” in this programme.

The GCIPTL will be awarded upon successful completion of 12-13 modular credits (a total of three modules). Modular credits are awarded only when the candidates pass the examination or other forms of assessments for the relevant module. 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 pass all modules and successfully obtain a total of 12 to 13 modular credits (MCs) (generally 3 modules) 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 (Phase One) Weeks (Phase Two)
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. Students are encouraged to review the examination and assessment details for each module before opting for it.


List of Modules

The following modules are offered in AY2021-22:

Semester One

Compulsory
Course Description 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 10 August to 9 November 2021
Modes of Assessment 2000 Word Essay – 30% & Final Exam – 70% (Tuesday, 30 November 2021 (1.00pm to 3.00pm)
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.
Student who have done GCIP are precluded.
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points


Electives
Course Description This module will deal with the legal, policy, economic, social and ethical issues arising from the application of biotechnology techniques and the use of their methods and products in various sectors, such as medical, agricultural, etc. The main focus will be on intellectual property and patent issues, particularly in respect of genetic, medical and pharmaceutical technology which are key sectors in Singapore and other countries. Some specific issues that will be analyzed include patentability of biological materials, gene sequences, stem cells, plants, animals, humans, medical treatments, etc.

More generally, in an international and comparative perspective, different regulatory systems for research and development using controversial biotechnology techniques, including human genetic modification and cloning, GMOs, CRISPR, etc., will be analysed, also in light of a multidisciplinary approach which will take into account aspects like ethics of interventions on human life, access to genetic resources, sustainability, biodiversity and food sovereignty. Apart from Singapore law, an analysis of the approaches in Europe, US, China, India, Japan and Australia will be explored. This module will be of interest to all who wish to gain greater insights into the important and rapidly developing field of biotechnology. Prior knowledge of biology or intellectual property law will be useful but is not necessary, as all students will be introduced to the fundamentals of biology, genetics, intellectual property and patent law.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor Andrea Stazi
Modular Credits 4
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm) (Online)
Course Duration 30 August to 17 September 2021
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20%; Research Paper- 80%
Preclusion(s) Nil
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description This course will cover advanced topics on Chinese Intellectual Property Law, which will be roughly divided into three parts, namely, (1) general part, (2) copyright law, (3) trademark and unfair competition. It will focus on legal issues of high theoretical or practical value, providing a comparative law perspective to students who wish to better understand cutting-edge IP issues happening in China but worthy of attention of the whole world. It is not a general introduction or survey course on Chinese IP Law. The seminars will be conducted mainly in a Socratic way. At the end, the students are expected to write a research paper of high quality on topics discussed in class.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Associate Professor Cui Guobin
Modular Credits 4
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm) *Make-up seminars for Monday, 9 August on Saturday, 14 August (1.00pm to 4.00pm)
Course Duration 9 August to 27 August 2021
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20% & Research Paper (on topics discussed in class) - 80% [Due: Friday, 1 October 2021 (9.00pm)]
Preclusion(s) Nil
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points 27
Course Description This course will explore the main themes and approaches in global data privacy law in light of various international frameworks (OECD, APEC, ASEAN) and a cross-section of national laws from North America, Europe and Asia. While many countries have enacted new data privacy laws (or amended existing laws) in recent years, there is as yet no widely-accepted framework for cross-border data transfers (outside of certain regions) and this presents challenges to organisations which operate across different jurisdictions. In addition, developments in business and technology present new risks and challenges to the protection of individuals’ personal data and privacy. This course will also consider the role of data privacy laws in regulating social media and the Internet, data science, AI and machine learning and cybersecurity.
Course Convenor(s) Adjunct Associate Professor David Nesaratnam Alfred
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Thursdays: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Course Duration 12 August to 11 November 2021
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 10%; Project (with a 2,500 written component) - 40% &
6-Hr Take Home Exam - 50%
[Release: Friday, 12 November 2021 (9.00am); Due: Friday, 12 November 2021 (3.00pm)]
Preclusion(s) LL4433/LL5433/LL6433 Global Data Privacy Law
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description The advent of new technologies has led to a dramatic shift in business strategies and global economic development. Intellectual property rights (particularly patents) form an "inexhaustible resource" and important asset for businesses and innovation. Some salient features of this module:
1) Skills-based: Deals with the practical aspects of patent exploitation and commercialisation. Topics include technology transfer and strategies for an effective exploitation and management of IP rights; due diligence; enforcement of IP rights; IP licensing & valuation (including the various IP valuation models). The focus will be on patent rights.
2) International: Analyses the global IP (particularly patent) regime including the main international treaties and their impact on development, trade etc.
3) Video-conferencing: some sessions may be held via video-conferencing with world experts in this field. Past session have involved senior officials from the World Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland.
4) Policy: the module will also discuss current legal and policy developments in the international patent law scene. Students will be expected to conduct in-depth research into a topical area and submit a research paper on this as part of the assessment component of this module. Past topics have included patent issues in Climate Change, FRAND & RAND, smart-phone wars and ASEAN IP Integration.
Course Convenor(s) Assistant Professor Ryan Whalen
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Tuesdays: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Course Duration 10 August to 9 November 2021
Modes of Assessment Presentation - 15%; Patent Drafting (1500 words) - 20% & Research Paper (4500 words) - 65%
(subject to changes)
Preclusion(s) May vary from year to year depending on the modules offered by visitors to NUS Law in any given year.
AY2017/18 - Students reading LL4135/LL5135/LL6135 - Patent Law & Practice: Perspectives from the U.S. are precluded.
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description This course offers a hands-on introduction to legal data science and aims to improve students’ understanding of:
1) legal issues that involve technology;
2) the technologies that underlie many legal–tech products; and
3) how technology can be used in empirical legal research.
This class also provides practice in the logical reasoning skills important to many areas of legal practice and improves students’ abilities to communicate with clients in high-tech industries.
No computer programming experience is required. Class operates in a “flipped” manner with weekly homework and readings, and intensive classroom activities that are designed to help students overcome learning obstacles.
Course Convenor(s) Assistant Professor Ryan Whalen
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Fridays: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Course Duration 9 August to 12 November 2021
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 10% &
Mid-Term Quiz - 10%,
Homework Assignments - 20%
Research Project - 60% (Dateline: 19 November 2021, (Time: AM to be confirmed at a later date)
Preclusion(s) LL4447V/LL5447V/LL6447V/LLJ5447V Legal Data Science
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description 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)
*Make-up class for Monday 9 August will be held on Saturday, 14 August, (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
Course Duration 9 August - 27 August 2021
Modes of Assessment 6-Hr Take Home Exam (4000 - 5000 words) - 100%
Preclusion(s) LL4328V/LL5328V/LL6328V Sports Law
Prerequisite(s) LL4328V/LL5328V/LL6328V/LLJ5328V Sports Law & Arbitration
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points


* Non SSG Funded Module – full module fee of S$5,778 is applicable for Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents


Module Fees

Categories Fee Per Module
Non-citizen SGD 5,778.00
Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents SGD 1,733.40
Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above SGD 653.40
Enhanced Training Support for SMEs SGD 653.40

The total programme fee for 3 modules (assuming student passes all 3 modules and obtains the required modular credits for graduation) is between SGD17,334.00 to SGD1,960.20 (inclusive of 7% GST), depending on the funding eligibility of applicant and selected modules.
 
A Student Services Fee of SGD25.23 (inclusive of 7% GST) is also applicable each semester.

Once enrolled in the programme, students will be billed for the module(s) and the student services fees. Payment is due before the start of each Semester.


Funding Support

The subsidized fees listed for Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents are supported by SkillsFuture Funding.
 
Do note that not all modules are eligible for SSG funding. Applicants are strongly advised to check the module fee prior to selecting their modules in the Online Application Portal.

The GCIPTL Programme is also eligible for SkillsFuture Study Award for Intellectual Property and SkillsFuture Credit Claim.


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.


SkillsFuture Study Award for Intellectual Property

Singapore Citizens may also apply (subject to qualifying criteria) for the SkillsFuture Study Award, an initiative under the national SkillsFuture effort to support and encourage early to mid-career Singaporeans to develop and deepen their specialist skills needed by certain sectors. This is a $5,000 monetary award, which can be used to defray out-of-pocket expenses associated with the course that you will be taking. It can also be used on top of existing Government course fee subsidies.

For more information about the SkillsFuture Study Award for Intellectual Property Law, please click here.


Application

The following are the two application periods for the respective semesters:
Intake Period Application Period
AY2020/21 Semester One (commencing Aug/Sep) 28 April to 31 May 2021
AY2020/21 Semester Two (commencing Jan/Feb) 1 to 31 October 2021

 

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

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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)

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Curriculum Vitae

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Scanned copy of NRIC/FIN/Passport(foreigner)

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Scanned copy of your LLB Degree Certificate

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Scanned copies of your LLB Transcripts

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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 “Executive / Graduate Certificate (GC) Programmes”.


Click HERE to apply.

Application Deadline

31 May 2021, Monday


Frequently Asked Questions

Click HERE to view the FAQs relating to this programme.


Programme Flyer

Click HERE to download programme flyer.


SILE-CPD Points

Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For participants attending the face-to-face activity, this includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the each day of a module for more than 15 minutes. For those participating via the webinar, this includes logging in at the start of the webinar and logging out at the conclusion of the webinar in the manner required by the organiser, and not being away from each day of a module for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for that day of the module.

Please refer to http://www.sileCPDcentre.sg for more information.

Public CPD Points : Up to 36 points for 5 Modular Credits (Semester Course)
Up to 27 points for 4 Modular Credits (Intensive Course)
Practice Area Code : Intellectual Property
Training Level: : Intermediate



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