Course Description

Diploma in Technology & IP Law

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme, participants will be able to:

  • Analyse the legal issues pertaining to intellectual property and how to protect IP rights including dealing with cases of infringement;
  • Apply for registration of trademarks, patents, and designs and understand how to protect one’s copyright;
  • Critically evaluate the legal issues relating to the latest trends in technology, such as augmented reality, driverless cars, the “Internet of Things”;
  • Advise on the data protection issues arising in the technology sphere – data security, CCTV, data breaches, cybersecurity;
  • Draft essential clauses for a range of technology/IP contracts – software licensing agreements, website terms and conditions, outsourcing, cloud computing, apps;
  • Assess the laws relating to social media – defamation, trolling, hosting, caching, and internet usage.

Programme structure and approach to learning

Ireland has a booming tech market and has become the digital hub for Europe. It is of vital importance that all organisations understand the law relating to technology and intellectual property and that all legal advisers have the requisite knowledge to advise on these matters. This advanced level programme is designed to give comprehensive coverage to the broad range of legal issues arising from technology and intellectual property in this digital age.

In this diploma, we will chart the latest trends in technology and will provide a wide-ranging analysis of issues relating to intellectual property rights, advising on data protection strategies, and managing transactional issues. Leading experts will consider the myriad of potential liabilities, including IP-infringements and defences, domain disputes, e-commerce and consumer regulations, software licensing, and data security breaches. The course will offer an insight into the world of cyber-crime and suggest possible corporate risk-management strategies that companies can implement. Separately, we will analyse applicable torts, such as defamation, and the rights and duties attaching to social media, blogging, and internet usage. Finally, the course examines the law relating to key technology such as the Cloud, nanotechnology, biomedical technology, biometrics, wearable technology, driverless vehicles, Fintech, and Blockchain.

Module 1: Intellectual property

  • Trademarks – registration; infringement; non-conventional marks,
  • Patents – registration; priority; patent dealings; patentability of software,
  • Copyright – digital recordings; databases; software,
  • Design law – registered and unregistered designs,
  • Trade secrets – confidential information,
  • Intellectual property rights management and IP contracts.

Module 2: Data protection

  • GDPR – Regulation 2016/679,
  • Data processing, sharing and access requests,
  • International data transfers,
  • Data protection and new technologies – such as drones and biometrics,
  • Data security and technology,
  • Data breaches.

Module 3: Technology contracts

  • Technology contract clauses,
  • Software licensing agreements,
  • E-commerce, online contracts, consumer protection,
  • Website terms and conditions,
  • Outsourcing and cloud computing,
  • Gaming law and online betting,
  • Practical and legal issues for tech companies.

Module 4: Social media

  • Managing legal risks,
  • Defamation and blogging,
  • Hosting, caching, conduits,
  • Advertising standards online,
  • Criminal and civil liability for online content,
  • Social media and employment relationship.

 Module 5: The law and technology

  • Bio-law – medical and legal considerations,
  • Nanotechnology, biometrics, drones, wearables,
  • Cybersecurity and cybercrime,
  • Video gaming, augmented reality, driverless vehicles,
  • Cookies, apps, the Cloud,
  • FinTech and block chain,
  • The “Internet of Things”.

Workshops are a key feature of this course. These are designed to be interactive and involve working in groups on selected case-study problems and analysis, with an emphasis on the application of the law to common scenarios encountered in practice.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for the following:

  • Solicitors, barristers, and trainees who wish to augment their knowledge in the area of IP and technology law to better advise their clients,
  • Solicitors, barristers, and trainees both in private practice and in-house roles (for example, in tech, IT and pharma companies),
  • Industry professionals with an interest in IT, intellectual property, data protection, cybersecurity, social media, Research and Development, technology transfer, and innovation,
  • Professionals with an interest in IP and technology who aspire to work in the area.

We welcome applications for this course from other professionals who are suitably qualified. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €335.

Visit the course webpage for more information.

CollegeLaw Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 7
Course CategoryLaw
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationDiploma
Awarding BodyLaw Society of Ireland
Awarding Body DetailsDiploma in Technology & IP Law
Course Start Date11th October 2023
Course End Date24th February 2024
Course Duration6 months
Course TimeLectures on Wednesdays at 2pm, with five interactive workshops on Saturdays. Lectures also available to view on demand.
Course Fee3,065
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The Education Centre, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 (DX 79 Dublin), Ireland D07 VW24, Dublin, Ireland

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