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 AY2022-23:

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 16 August to 8 November 2022
Modes of Assessment 2000 Word Essay - 30% & Final Exam - 70%
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 TBC
Course Convenor(s) Vigjilenca Abazi
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 29 August to 16 September 2022
Modes of Assessment TBC
Preclusion(s) TBC
Prerequisite(s) TBC
Skills Future Funded TBC
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description TBC
Course Convenor(s) Tanel Kerikmäe
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 29 August to 16 September 2022
Modes of Assessment TBC
Preclusion(s) TBC
Prerequisite(s) TBC
Skills Future Funded TBC
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description TBC
Course Convenor(s) Dev Gangjee
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 8 August to 26 August 2022
Modes of Assessment TBC
Preclusion(s) TBC
Prerequisite(s) TBC
Skills Future Funded TBC
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
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 N. Alfred
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Thursdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm)
Course Duration 11 August to 10 November 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 10%; Project (with a 2,500 written component) - 40% &
6-Hr Take Home Exam - 50%
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 This course is about exploring various complex legal issues arising in the field of Sports Law. 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, the national sports law of several jurisdictions (in particular Australia, USA, the 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 Professor Andrea Stazi
Modular Credits 4
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (6.30pm to 9.30pm)
Course Duration 29 August to 16 September 2022
Modes of Assessment 6-Hr Take Home Exam (should not exceed 5000 words excluding footnotes) - 100% [Release: Fri, 1 Oct 2021 (3pm); Due: Fri, 1 Oct 2021 (9pm)]
Preclusion(s) LL4328V/LL5328V/LL6328V/LLJ5328V Sports Law & Arbitration
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or 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
^ These new modules may not be available for selection at the point of application. Applicants will be notified via email when the module information is updated, and the modules are available for online selection.



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.


Application

The following are the two application periods for the respective semesters:
Intake Period Application Period
AY2022/23 Semester One (commencing Aug/Sep) 1 May to 31 May 2022
AY2022/23 Semester Two (commencing Jan/Feb) 1 to 31 October 2022

 

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 1 May 2022.

Click HERE to apply.


Application Deadline

31 May 2022, Tuesday


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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