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 Two

Electives
Course Description This intensive course will consider digital trade's role within the global political economy and its benefits for international economic activity. Students will examine how international trade laws and treaties can affect cross-border digital trade, e-commerce, and emerging technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence, autonomous technology and 5G). Students will explore the legal and economic implications of various regulatory barriers to digital trade, as well as their related public policy concerns (e.g. privacy and cybersecurity), and learn about facilitating digital trade infrastructure, the key intellectual property issues in digital trade, and the linkages between trade and investment in the digital economy.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor Andrew Mitchell
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 10 January to 28 January 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20% & Research Paper - 80%; Due: Friday, 4 March 2022 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4442V/LL5442V/LL6442V/LLJ5442V Digital Trade and Digital Economy
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description This course introduces students to the exciting world of intellectual property arbitration. Traditionally thought of and taught as distinct areas of law, the overlap between IP rights and recourse to arbitration for the protection of those rights has grown significantly in recent years. This pioneering course is not currently offered in any other leading law school in the world. It is designed for students with little to no knowledge of IP law. It is also designed for students with an interest in arbitration, regardless of the level of their pre-existing knowledge of arbitration.
Course Convenor(s) Adjunct Professor Mark Lim
Associate Professor Jean Ho
Adjunct Assistant Professor Gabriel Ong
Modular Credits
Class Dates Tuesdays: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Course Duration 11 January to 12 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 10%; Assignment - 30% [Due date to be advised] & 6-Hr Take Home Exam - 60%
Release: Tuesday, 12 April 2022 (9.00am); Due: Tuesday,12 April 2022 (3.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4438V/LL5438/LL6438 Intellectual Property Arbitration
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description This module is designed to explore innovation and regulation of FinTech and its embedded platform economy. FinTech and its embedded platform economy, which is empowered by information communication technologies and cantered on data-driven online platforms, has transformed the paradigms of conducting commercial and financial activities.Through a series of lectures, seminars, and group discussions, this module will explore the new phenomenon of the platform economy, especailly the FinTech innovation pertinant to Money, Investment, Data and Innovative Dispute Resolutions. A guest lecture by an experienced practitioner will be also arranged. A research-based, student-centred, and globally-oriented pedagogy will guide the teaching and learning engagement.
Course Convenor(s) Dr You Chuanman
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Monday: 3.00pm to 6.00pm
Course Duration 12 January to 13 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Class participation - 20%; Group Presentation - 30% & Final Essay - 50%;
Due: Mon, 18 April 2022 (9.00am)
Preclusion(s) LL4460/LL5460/LL6460/LLJ5460 Law, FinTech and the Platform Economy
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description Legal innovation and technology are new foci in the legal profession as technologies of automation transform the nature of practice. This module provides a theoretically-informed, hands-on practical experience in producing the types of legaltech that are transforming practice, while also equipping the student with the critical faculties to determine their appropriate application. This module offers highly practical lab-based work where students learn the fundamentals of automating legal services and decision support systems, as well as developing skills required for designing new technologies to aid the practice of law.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor Dan Hunter
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 for 31 January & 2 February on Saturday, 5 February & Saturday, 12 February (1.00pm to 4.00pm)
Course Duration 31 January 2022 to 18 February 2022
Modes of Assessment Laboratory - 50% and Essay -50%; Due: Friday, 25 March 2022 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4456V/LL5456V/LL6456V/LLJ5456V Legal Technology & Innovation
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded No
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 Associate Professor Lanx Goh
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 for 31 January & 2 February on Saturday, 5 February & Saturday, 12 February (1.00pm to 4.00pm)
Course Duration 31 January 2022 to 18 February 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20%; 6-Hr Take Home Exam: 80%;
Release: Thursday, 14 April 2022 (3.00pm); Due: Thursday, 14 April 2022 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4350/LL5350/LL6350 Privacy & Data Protection Law
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
+ Do note that SSG-funding is currently only eligible for modules taught in-person on campus.
* 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

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) offers subsidies of 70% or 90% for eligible Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents.
 
The following are the conditions for eligibility to receive the SSG Grant:
1)     Claimable for modules delivered in-person on campus
2)     Students must record at least 75% attendance
3)     Students must pass all assessment components
4)     Claim must be made within the period from 1 Jul 2021 to 30 June 2024
 
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.


SkillsFuture Credit Claimable

SSG-funded modules are also eligible for SkillsFuture Credit claim. All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit from the government to offset part of the module fee. Applicants who wish to use the SkillsFuture Credit may refer to https://www.skillsfuture.gov.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.

The closing date of application is 17 February 2022. Applications submitted should be for courses that will be completed by 30 September 2023.

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”.

Application will begin on 30 September 2021.

Click HERE to apply.


Application Deadline

31 October 2021, Sunday


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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