Unit 50: Consumer and Intellectual Property
Unit code K/617/0740
Unit level 5
Credit value 15
Pre-requisite Unit 7
The aim of this
unit is to provide students with the knowledge and application of the law
relating to consumer transactions, consumer credit and intellectual property as
it relates to everyday dealings. Students will recognise that a business
operates within a diverse legal framework. Consumer transactions are governed
by statutes and regulations creating specific legislation for sale of goods and
explore intellectual property as a creation of the mind to deal with industrial
property and copyright. Intellectual property rights allow creators and owners
of intellectual property benefit their own work. The students will also be given
opportunities to apply knowledge and understanding to a range of consumer
scenarios and evaluate case law relating to consumer rights and protection.
Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria
LO1 Analyse the main principles affecting the legal relationship between business organisations and their consumers
P1 Analyse the legal rules on implied terms relating to the sale of goods and supply of services.
P2 Appraise the statutory provisions relating to sale of goods and product liability using a range of case law examples.
M1 Critically analyse the statutory provisions relating to consumer transactions using a range of case law examples.
LO1, LO2 and LO3
D1 Critically evaluate the legal rules relating to consumer transactions and intellectual property rights using a range of specific examples.
LO2 Examine the legal rules on consumer credit agreements.
P3 Discuss different types of consumer credit agreements and the legal rules of consumer credit using a range of specific examples.
M2 Assess different types of credit agreement and legal rules, termination rights and default notices using a range of specific examples.
LO3 Evaluate the key provisions relating to intellectual property rights.
P4 Assess the principles relating to intellectual property rights.
P5 Compare and contrast the main areas of intellectual property providing specific examples from each.
M3 Evaluate how to manage effectively intellectual property rights providing specific examples from each of the four main areas.
LO4 Recommend appropriate legal solutions based
D2 Justify recommendations with case law and statutory provisions in comparison with alternative solutions
upon relevant legislation, case law and regulations.
P6 Recommend different
M4 Assess the positive
forms of remedies for
and negative impacts of
breach of statutory
recommended forms of
provisions relating to of
sale of goods and
By the end
of this unit students will be able to:
1. Analyse the main principles affecting
the legal relationship between business organisations and their consumers.
2. Examine the legal rules on consumer
3. Evaluate the key provisions relating to
intellectual property rights.
4. Recommend appropriate legal solutions
based upon relevant legislation, case law and regulations.
the main principles affecting the legal relationship between business
organisations and their consumers
Sale of goods:
rights and remedies.
implied terms, transfer of property and possession, seller’s remedies against
the buyer, consumer’s remedies against the seller, relevant legislation.
guarantees exclusion and limitation clauses.
rights and remedies e.g. repair or replacement when digital products are
implied terms and remedies e.g. right to repeat performance, right to price
products and liability.
safety at common law and under statute, liability consequences, defences.
the legal rules on consumer credit agreements
Forms of consumer
of consumer credit agreements and different types. Pre and post contract
use of credit, unrestricted use of credit, debtor-creditor supplier agreements,
debtor-creditor agreements, relevant legislation.
and obligations under consumer credit agreements.
licensing requirements e.g. the issue of licences.
of consumer credit agreements, early re-payment, right to terminate,
termination statements, enforcement of consumer credit agreements, creditor’s
remedies, default notices, relevant legislation.
the key provisions relating to intellectual property rights
constitutes intellectual property, What is intellectual property law,
of patents, designs and design rights, trademarks and copyright, role of the
Patent Office (UK), European Union Patent Office.
to manage effectively intellectual property rights, The law in practice.
legislation, patent rights, inventions, patents and employees.
trademarks, applying to register a trademark, registering business names.
Recommend appropriate legal solutions based upon relevant legislation, case law
of consumer related disputes:
complaint, consumer authority, inquiry and possible remedies.
intellectual property rights:
use of intellectual property, patent rights, copyright tribunal, passing off
and legal action in courts, arbitration and alternative remedies.