Comparative advertisement and Trademark
study of Indian and UK Laws.
Licensing of copyright and abuse of dominant position in EU
Implications of the Treaty on Protection of Audiovisual performances.
Utility Model Patent system for India: a critique
TSM test prior to and after KSR V TELEFLEX
erty Rights as ‗human rights‘: analysis.
Harmonizing effect of America Invents Act: an analysis
Patenting of Living organisms under the European Patent Convention
Determining ‗Novelty‘ of the claimed Invention: study of US and Indian
Determining ―Utility‖ [capable of industrial application] of the claimed
invention: study of USPTO and EPO practice
Nanotechnology and Patent process: response by Patent Offices?
Extent of protection of Dramatic work: UK and Indian position
Impact of ‗Inequitable conduct‘ on patent validity : study of US Patent Law
International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for food and agriculture :study of Multilateral system of ABS
Claim drafting: a critical study
Graphical Representation of Non-conventional Trademarks: study of US, Europe and Indian system.
Traditional Knowledge Digital Library in India: Impact on Patent Examination
Disclosure of Source of biological materials in Patent application: a critique
Geographical Indications protection of manufactured goods: study of developments in India
Standards, competition and Intellectual Property : study of US position
Descriptive Marks: factors to determine secondary meaning for acquiringdistinctiveness
Open Source software and copyright interface
patentability issues under EPC relating to Computer Invented Inventions
Copyright protection for computer generated works in the light of end userlicensing agreement
UDRP and Passing Off action for protection of the Domain Names
Intellectual Property Dissertation Topics
The law as it relates to intellectual property covers the creation, use and protection of trademark, patents and copyright, together with other ancillary rights. Trademark-related dissertation topics include the absolute grounds for refusal of registration under section 3 of the Trade Marks Act 1994, the EU’s Trade Marks Directive, relative grounds for refusal of registering a trade mark under section 5 of the Trade Marks Act 1994, the infringement of trademarks, such as the use of similar or identical marks, invalidity, revocation, licensing and assignments of trademarks. Copyright-related dissertation topics are recognised as including the authorship, ownership and duration of copyright, copyright in film and sound recordings, literary, dramatic musical or artistic works, computers and copyright infringement, the need for originality, copyright and databases, works of architecture, adaptations, parallel imports, EC competition and copyright law, and primary and secondary infringement of copyrighted works. As you can see from the points set out above, there are clearly many topics that you could potentially choose from regarding the law as it relates to intellectual property that you could potentially cover in your dissertation, including the following potential subject areas set out below:
• The economical impact of intellectual property rights.
• How is intellectual property protected on the Internet
• Passing off and trademark law – Do they provide adequate protection in the UK?
• Is the UK creating a right of confidence?
• Innovation and the patent system. Can the current, overly stringent patent system still be an incentive for innovation?
• Does UK copyright law provide an adequate balance between the needs of rights holders and users?
• Does the Fair Use principle provide an effective exemption to UK copyright law?
• How has European law affected intellectual property rights in the UK?
• P2P File Sharing – How far does the law protect the holders of the intellectual property rights?
• Does the UK intellectual property regime provide adequate protection? Compare and contrast with the position in the United States.
• To what extent are indigenous people’s rights to intellectual property effectively protected?
• What more could be done to improve the law to provide those people from less developed countries with greater protection of their intellectual property right?
• How will Brexit serve to impact upon the protection of intellectual property rights in the UK?