Module Details

Module Code: ENES E8010
Full Title: Legal, Intellectual Property and Commercialisation
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits: 5
Module Owner:: Conor Reidy
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the Irish legal system, the legal obligations of and opportunities for those in business and how law facilitates business and entrepreneurship.
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Explain the significance of law in the establishment and support of a business in Ireland.
MLO2 Compare the forms of business organisation and the legal context in which each operates.
MLO3 Categorise the legal obligations relevant to those engaging in business.
MLO4 Evaluate the opportunities offered by commercialisation through appropriate intellectual property forms.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Module Indicative Content
Introduction to the Irish Legal System
Distinction between civil and criminal law in Ireland. Operation of the court system in Ireland. Sources of law in Ireland.
Business Forms
Distinction between sole trader, partnership and company. Overview of incorporation of a business. Company law compliance in Ireland.
Legal Obligations for Businesses
Legal obligations under the law of contract. Principles of negligence. Liability for defective products.
Patents. Registration of a patent. Dealings in patents. Infringement of patent and remedies. Trademarks. Registration of a trademark. Dealings in trademarks. Infringement of a trademark. Remedies. Designs. Registration of a design. Infringement of a design and remedies..
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
Final Examination50.00%
Module Special Regulation


Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Portfolio % of Total Mark 25
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 10 Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Identification and analysis by student of legal issues in establishement and operation of specific business model
Assessment Type Short Answer Questions % of Total Mark 25
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 7 Learning Outcome 1,2,3
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Questions designed to assess understanding by the students of the detail of the course.
No Project
No Practical
Final Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 50
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
End-of-Semester Final Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact Lectures based on module content Every Week 3.00 3
Directed Reading Non Contact Directed reading to enhance student's understanding of module content Every Week 2.00 2
Independent Study Non Contact Independent study by student Every Week 3.00 3
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Aine Keenan. (2012), Essentials of Irish Business Law, 6th. Gill and Macmillan, [ISBN: 978-0-7171-5261-2].
  • Clarke and Smyth. (2010), Intellectual Property Law in Ireland, 3rd. Thompson Roundhall, [ISBN: 9781847663665].
  • Law Society of Ireland. (2008), Business Law, Tottel.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources