Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law: Help creators defend their ideas!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Since the popularity of online content creation (and since the beginning of time, if we are being honest) there have been issues regarding intellectual property. Nowadays, this is one of the most common problems original creators have to face.

Intellectual property is equally important as physical property. A great idea can lead to unprecedented innovations in multiple fields and can become the work of a person’s life, giving it pride and prestige. 

The issue is that there are many people who can recognize a great idea when they see it, and sometimes they want it for themselves, which leads to several forms of scams and illegal activities. 

This ranges from a bread recipe at your local bakery, to invention’s patents, also passing through Youtube and brand iconography. We all know someone (maybe in person, or we just heard the case somewhere) who had an original idea and saw it materialize in someone else’s hands.

The problem is that there isn’t much people can do if they notice their idea or product has been used without their authorization other than pointing it out and trying to get people to recognize who the intellectual author of such idea/product was. This is because they don’t have the academic knowledge required to explain objectively what’s wrong with other people using their ideas/products (they often don’t know which laws are being broken), so help from a professional would come in handy. This due to the fact that there are also people trying to exploit certain “grey areas” that aren’t such, and they defend themselves by stating that what they are doing is somehow legal.

Taking all this into consideration, the Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law is a great option to expand your knowledge in the field of property law both through online learning or in-person learning modalities, and you can pursue it at Stellenbosch University.

With an average length ranging from one year (full-time) to two years (part-time), earning this diploma would make you an expert on the field, allowing you to be a consultant for those people who are struggling with the fact that their ideas or products have been used without their permission or have been just straight stolen.

But, what does intellectual property law cover?

Well, studying for this diploma would make you dive into Copyright Law, Trademark Law, Intellectual Property Law in the Digital Environment, and Patent Law and the Law of Registered Design.

If you want to know more about this diploma, and how to pursue it through in-person or online learning, click here.

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