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The London School of Economics played a particular role in this introduction of ‘intellectual property’ in Britain since it showed an active interest in establishing the subject in its programme.

In the early 1960s, the LSE called upon the barrister T.A. Blanco White to teach an introductory course on intellectual and industrial property, and although the course failed to attract students, this circumstance brought him into contact with an academic who had just joined the law department at the LSE, Bill Cornish. In 1967 Cornish drafted a syllabus for a postgraduate course to be taught at the LSE entitled ‘Industrial and Intellectual Property’.

This LL.M course was highly significant in the history of British intellectual property because it constituted the first inclusion of the subject in the university curriculum on a permanent basis. In other words, it introduced the subject into the regular (annual) teaching programme of a British university, becoming a template for the intellectual property courses that emerged in the following decades.

 
References:
 
Jose Bellido, “The Constitution of Intellectual Property as an Academic Subject” Legal Studies, 2017
 
Ralf Dahrendorf, LSE: A History of the London School of Economics and Political Science 1895-1995 (Oxford: OUP, 1995)
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