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 AY2020-21:

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 13 November 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.
Student who have done GCIP are precluded.
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.


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 31 August to 18 September 2020
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20%; Research Paper- 80% [Due: Date to be confirmed later (9.00pm)]
Preclusion(s) Nil
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
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 Prof 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) (Online)
Course Duration 10 August to 28 August 2020  
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20% Research Paper (on topics discussed in class) - 80% [Due: Fri, 2 Oct 2020 (9pm)]
Preclusion(s) NIL
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Course Description This course will explore the main themes and approaches in 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 or amended laws in recent years, there is no widely-accepted framework for cross-border data transfers and 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 10 August to 13 November 2020 
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 10%;
6-hr Take Home Exam - 50% & Project (with a 2,500 word written component) - 40%
Preclusion(s) Nil
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.


Semester Two

Electives
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 Wednesdays: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Course Duration 11 January to 16 April 2021
Modes of Assessment Presentation - 15%; Patent Drafting (1500 words) - 20% & Research Paper (4500 words) - 65%, Due: Wednesday, 14 April 2021 (9.00am)
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.
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description This course examines the phenomenon of ‘intellectual propertisation’, which is the process by which unowned material is converted by intellectual property laws to owned subject-matter. In this context, students will examine emerging trends, and identify and analyse ways in which intellectual property laws are being used to commodify facets of self. Through processes of intellectual propertisation, aspects of the human body, human persona, and human expression through art can be converted to property. Examining contemporary issues such as gene patents, fake news, authenticity and cultural appropriation, as well as emerging technologies such as transplanted and artificial body parts, cyborgs, mind downloads, blockchain and the Internet of Things, the course examines the mechanisms by which the expansion of subject-matter covered by intellectual property laws is enabling the increasing commodification of humankind.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Prof Alexandra George
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
*Make-up for 12 February (Chinese New Year) will be held on Saturday, 6 February (1.00pm to 4.00pm)
Course Duration 1 February to 19 February 2021
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20%; 6-hr Take Home Exam - 80%, Release: Friday, 26 March 2021 (3.00pm); Due: Friday, 26 March 2021 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4386V/LL5386V/LL6386V Intellectual Property in Body, Persona & Art
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent; and successful completion of either Law of Intellectual Property [LL4405A/LL5405A/LC5405A/LL6405A; [LL4405B/LL5405B/LC5405B/LL6405B] or Foundations of Intellectual Property [LL4070/LL5070/LC5070/LL6070; LL4070V/LL5070V/LC5070V/LL6070V] (or their equivalent).
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description 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. It provides students with an appreciation of how organisations should be accountable to consumers and the regulator in relation to personal data protection law compliance. The focus will be on Singapore law. Though this course is not intended to be a comparative study of data protection laws across different jurisdictions, students may be introduced to the laws of other key jurisdiction(s) such as the General Data Protection Regulation under the European Union. This will assist students in appreciating that data protection laws are not uniform across jurisdictions.
Course Convenor(s) Adjunct Professor Steve Tan & Adjunct Assistant Professor Lanx Goh
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Thursdays: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Course Duration 11 January to 16 April 2021
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20%;
6-Hr Take Home Exam: 80%, Release: Thursday, 15 April 2021 (3.00pm);
Due: Thursday, 15 April 2021 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4350/LL5350/LL6350 Privacy & Data Protection Law
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description In intellectual property law, overlaps of exclusive rights stemming from different protection regimes raise particular problems. Nonetheless, the cumulation of rights has become a standard protection strategy in sectors ranging from software to fashion and entertainment. Against this background, this module offers a detailed analysis of protection overlaps. Which combinations of rights are deemed permissible? Which specific problems arise from the cumulation of intellectual property rights? Using international, US and EU legislation and case law as reference points, these questions will be discussed. Moreover, the module will explore alternative avenues for better law and policy making.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Prof Martin Senftleben
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
Course Duration 11 January to 29 January 2021
Modes of Assessment 6-Hr Take Home Exam - 100%, Release: 5 March 2021 (3.00pm);
Due: Friday, 5 March 2021 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4394V/LL5394V/LL6394V Protection Overlaps in Intellectual Property Law
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent; and successful completion of either Law of Intellectual Property [LL4405A/LL5405A/LC5405A/LL6405A; [LL4405B/LL5405B/LC5405B/LL6405B] or Foundations of Intellectual Property [LL4070/LL5070/LC5070/LL6070; LL4070V/LL5070V/LC5070V/LL6070V] (or their equivalent).
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points



Course Fees

Students will be required to pay SGD5,778.00 (inclusive of 7% GST) per module and will be billed before the start of each semester.

The total programme fee for 3 modules (assuming student passes all 3 modules and obtains the required modular credits for graduation) is SGD17,334 (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.


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)

1 to 31 May 2020

AY2020/21 Semester Two (commencing Jan/Feb)

1 to 31 October 2020

 

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.
The Application Portal will be open from 1 October 2020.


Application Deadline

31 October 2020, Saturday


Frequently Asked Questions

Click HERE to view the FAQs relating to this programme.


SILE-CPD Points

Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, this includes having their attendance recorded in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from each day of a module for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy for any particular day of a module 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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