The Oxford Diploma in IP Law and Practice is a postgraduate vocational course for people embarking on a career in IP law and practice. It is a one-year, part-time course designed to give junior practitioners a grounding in the fundamentals of IP law and practice. It is taught by senior practitioners and academics, and represents a unique collaboration between the Oxford Law Faculty and the Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Association.
If you wish to attend just the two-week residential programme rather than the full degree, please look under ‘Non Degree Students’ for more information.
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The Diploma is an intellectually rigorous academic and professional development programme in an area of enormous national and international importance. It will suit anyone seeking to build a career specialising as a lawyer in IP, whether or not they have previously studied IP.
It comprises a two-week residential programme in Oxford, and a series of weekend workshops held from October to June which are usually held at London law firms. It is taught by a mix of practicing and academic lawyers, and covers the full range of IP subjects (including Patents, Trade Marks, Unfair Competition and Passing Off, Trade Secrets, Designs, Copyright and Moral Rights) as well as key aspects of litigious and non-litigious IP practice and procedure.
The Diploma is unique in many respects. But two are particularly important, and these reflect the challenges of contemporary intellectual property law and practice. First, the course is comprehensive in scope. Intellectual property law is increasingly complex, putting pressure on practitioners to specialise in narrow fields of the discipline. Yet, problems in practice rarely arise so neatly. The Oxford Diploma offers coverage of all the substantive IP regimes. And it treats the material in a variety of important contexts (domestic and international, litigation and transactional). Second, it is both designed and taught in close collaboration between leading academics and practitioners. The growing complexity of intellectual property law makes a fundamental appreciation of the underlying legal principles essential to top-level practice. And the fast-changing commercial and technological environment in which intellectual property operates makes exposure to practice significant for any proper academic understanding of the subject-matter. The Oxford Diploma facilitates this essential interaction of law and practice through the close involvement of leading members of the legal profession in the design and teaching of the course. The result is a course in intellectual property law and practice that is second to none.
Teaching is usually undertaken in Oxford and London in intensive periods, primarily during the two-week residential programme in Oxford and a series of Saturday workshops usually held in London between October to June. The residential programme provides students a unique Oxford experience, including college life and interaction with Oxford faculty, practitioners and fellow students.
The degree is not designed for distance learning but for people who will attend the residential programme and workshops in Oxford and London in person. Teaching on the Diploma is held in Oxford and London with provision for online teaching as advised by the Government and University.
- The course is assessed through 5 coursework assignments between October to May (Trade Marks, Patents 1, Patents 2, Copyright, Designs) and examination papers in June.
- Teaching is mainly in lectures and interactive classes, and is structured to enable students to fit their studies around work and other commitments
- A virtual learning environment provides students with access to course materials and research resources
- Participation in the residential programme and workshops is mandatory
The residential programme is taught through a series of lectures over two weeks in Oxford. The Residential Programme for 2021 will be held between 5-17 September 2021. Materials taught in the residential programme are assessed via examination in June.
The Saturday workshops are held between October – June the following year. The workshops are taught in groups, with some lectures. The two revision workshops are taught lecture style. Students have to complete an assessed 3000 word coursework assignment after the following workshops: Trade Marks, Patents 1, Patents 2, Copyright and Designs.
Teaching Accommodation and Spaces
The residential programme in 2021 will be held at St Catherine's College.
St Catherine’s College is the largest College within Oxford University and teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. Although one of the youngest Oxford Colleges, it can trace its roots back to 1868, when a ‘Delegacy for Non-Collegiate Students’ was formed. This Delegacy enabled students to gain an Oxford education without the prohibitive costs of College membership.
This founding ethos of inclusion is still evident today, and the College has an open, friendly and diverse community amongst its Students, Fellows and Alumni.
Affectionately known as St Catz, this modern College was founded in 1962 by Founding Master, Lord Alan Bullock. Designed by Danish architect, Arne Jacobsen, the Grade I listing buildings were the first to be granted such status in the post-war era. Jacobsen’s plans for the College did not include a chapel, defining St Catz as a secular College and setting them apart from other Oxford Colleges, most of which have a religious foundation.
Whilst treasuring the traditional values of Oxford College life, St Catherine’s College remain committed to evolving with today’s society, reflected in the College motto “Nova et Vetera”: “The New and The Old”.
Please note that this course is a non-matriculated course, and therefore students on this course will not be associated with a college. St Catherine's is only used as a location for the residential programme. Students on this course are not members of the college.
As students of the Oxford Law Faculty, Diploma candidates will have access to the Law Bodleian Library. Candidates staying in College during the residential programme will also have access to College facilities. Weekend workshops will be held in law firms in London.
Applicants for 2022-23 entry are now open.
For further details on the selection criteria and supporting documents, please refer to the university's Graduate Admissions website.
It is anticipated that candidates will be trainee or newly qualified solicitors or barristers but other professional qualifications and experience, in particular, admission as a patent or trade mark attorney, will also be considered.
Applications should be made via the University's online application form. There is an application fee of £75 per course application. Further details about how to pay this, and other information about filling in the form can be found in the University's Application Guide. Upon submission of your application, you should receive email confirmation from the University's Online Application System.
The Diploma fee for 2022 entry is £8,920 and covers: tuition; course materials; assessment and supervision; lunch and refreshments during the residential programme and weekend workshops, and a formal College dinner. It does not cover accommodation. However, we can arrange accommodation at the Residential Programme for you. The cost is expected to be in the region of £1,100 for 10 nights, including breakfast and dinner. Students can choose to stay over the weekend for an extra cost per night including breakfast.
Non Degree Students
Every year, we offer a limited number of places on the Residential Programme part of the Diploma.
Applications for attendance at the Residential Programme only, must be made using a separate form
The fee for attending the residential programme part of the programme in 2021 is £4753.
PG Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice Programme Directors
- Professor Robert Burrell, Course Director, Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law
Course Administrator: please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Oxford Faculty Members
- Professor Dev Gangjee, Associate Professor of Intellectual Property, Faculty of Law
Residential Programme tutors 2021-22:
- Rachel Alexander, Wiggin
- Sara Ashby, Wiggin
- Christopher Benson, Fieldfisher
- Alexandra Brodie, Gowling WLG
- Michael Browne, Wiggin
- Robert Burrell, University of Oxford
- Liz Cohen, Bristows
- Brian Cordery, Bristows
- Jeremy Dickerson, Burges Salmon
- Rowan Freeland, Simmons & Simmons
- Dev Gangjee, University of Oxford
- Michael Gavey, Simmons & Simmons
- Paul Harris, Dehns
- Emily Hudson, King's College London
- Myles Jelf, Bristows
- Sarah Lawrance, Bristows
- John Linneker, Freshfields
- Angus McLean, Simmons & Simmons
- David Musker, Queen Mary University of London
- Marjan Noor, Allen & Overy
- Arty Rajendra, Osborne Clarke
- Aidan Robertson, Brick Court Chambers
- Catriona Smith, Wiggin
- Ravi Srinivasan, J A Kemp
- Sarah Turner, Simmons & Simmons
- Justin Watts, WilmerHale
A Selection of Workshop tutors:
|Jonathan Ball||Gowling WLG||Copyright|
|Zoe Butler||Powell Gilbert||Patents|
|Michael Gavey||Simmons & Simmons||IP Aspects of Commercial Transactions|
|Penny Gilbert||Powell Gilbert||Patents|
|Gregor Grant||Marks & Clerk||Patents|
|Angus McLean||Simmons & Simmons||IP Aspects of Commercial Transactions|
|Jonathan Moss||Hogarth Chambers||Designs|
|Andrew Norris||Hogarth Chambers||Trade Marks|
|Arty Rajendra||Osborne Clarke||Trade Marks|
|Tom Scourfield||CMS||Trade Marks|
|Alison Slade||Leicester University||Revision Workshops|
|David Stone||Allen & Overy||Designs|
|Alex Wilson||Powell Gilbert||Patents|
**Please note that the list of tutors is subject to change**