University of Technology Sydney

77893 Designs Law and Practice

6cp; offered wholly online requiring no on-campus attendance
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)
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Anti-requisite(s): 76084 Intellectual Property: Copyright and Designs AND 78194 Designs Law and Practice


Designs Law and Practice provides an understanding of the principles of designs law and the operation of the design registration system in Australia and New Zealand. Design registration is an important consideration in the production of goods, and consequently important to an overall intellectual property strategy. In this subject, students learn about the law of designs: what are the historical and theoretical origins of design law, what is the subject matter of a registrable design, what is a new and distinctive design, how does design law overlap with copyright law, how are design rights exploited and what actions are available for infringement. Designs Law and Practice also introduces students to the design registration process, including registration procedure, maintenance, office practice, third-party objections and expungement. These areas of law and practice are then considered in an international context, which suggests a number of differences between the designs law of Australia, New Zealand and other relevant jurisdictions. Students develop legal knowledge and analytical skills through problem-solving activities based in current Australian and New Zealand legal and business practice. Students are also required to use research to critically evaluate laws, practices and policies. These activities enable students to develop their ability to advise and to handle the interests of a client in prosecution and maintenance of a design application, including advice on the desirability of seeking design protection and provision of alternative protection.


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

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