University of Technology Sydney

77889 Trade Marks Law

6cp; offered either by distance, requiring no attendance, or on-campus
Requisite(s): ((22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07122 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04264 Master of Legal Studies)) OR 77905c Preparing for Intellectual Property Practice OR ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law)
The lower case 'c' after the subject code indicates that the subject is a corequisite. See definitions for details.
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 76085 Intellectual Property: Trade Marks and Patents AND 78192 Trade Marks Law


Trade marks law deals with the protection and enforcement of rights in various words, symbols, shapes, colours and other signs used to distinguish the goods or services of one entity from those of another. This subject provides a critical and analytical understanding of the principles of trade marks law, and the protection of unregistered trade marks and indicia of commercial reputation in Australia and New Zealand. This is through a detailed coverage of the law of trade marks, passing off and instances of unfair competition such as statutory misleading or deceptive conduct in both countries. In addition the subject covers the parallel systems of registration for business names, domain names and indications of geographical origin in Australia and New Zealand.

By actively engaging in their learning in each module, the guided activities and discussion topics, students develop skills in legal knowledge, critical analysis, evaluation, self-management and reflection, which are essential for successful practice in trade marks law, whether as a lawyer, a patent attorney, an Australian trade marks attorney or a brand development professional.


This subject is accredited by the Professional Standards Board as fulfilling part of the qualifications for registration as a Patent Attorney or Trade Mark Attorney in Australia.

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