Singapore University of Social Sciences

Foundation IP Law

Foundation IP Law (IPM501)


IPM501 Foundation IP Law investigates how intellectual property (IP) rights have been established to protect creators and inventors, and businesses that market their innovations. This protection can come in the form of patents, industrial designs, trade marks and copyright. The course examines IP legislations and regulations in Singapore to recognise and identify the various aspects of IP related to intellectual assets. Students will learn to analyse how IP laws drive business strategies, evaluate the potential courses of action and recognise the resulting business implications

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY REGULAR SEMESTER


  • Introduction to IP Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Application and Impact of Copyright Law
  • Trade Mark Law
  • Application and Impact of Trade Mark Law
  • Patent Law
  • Application and Impact of Patent Law
  • Registered Design Law
  • Application and Impact of Registered Design Law
  • Courses of Action and Resulting Business Implications
  • Infringement
  • Conclusion to Foundation IP Law

Learning Outcome

  • Differentiate IP legislations and regulations in Singapore
  • Appraise the business application of IP
  • Analyse the qualifying criteria for IP
  • Evaluate the subject matter that cannot be protected by IP
  • Assess the different considerations related to IP transactions
  • Distinguish potential infringement activities
  • Propose defences against allegations of infringement
  • Distinguish the remedies awarded if infringement is proven.
  • Appraise the relevant aspects of IP law in Singapore which are applicable to intellectual assets in collaboration with relevant stakeholders
  • Analyse how IP law can drive IP strategies and objectives
  • Recommend potential courses of action to identify resulting business implications
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