University of Technology Sydney

78184 Intellectual Property: Law and Policy

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 (70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law AND (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)) 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): 78025 Intellectual Property: Law and Policy AND 78185 Intellectual Property: Law and Policy


Intellectual property law is a rapidly expanding area of the law relating to intangible property. A sound knowledge and understanding of intellectual property law is essential for all those involved in the creation and exploitation of intellectual property endeavours, that is, in recognising and protecting intellectual property rights. Of particular interest are developments in the online environment and biological patents.

This subject provides a comprehensive, in-depth and engaging examination of the legal principles of intellectual property law and the policy issues which inform the development of this law in Australia. It is designed as an introductory survey subject for graduates, practising lawyers and students completing their first law degree.

Each class considers a different form of intellectual property including copyright; designs; patent and trade marks law; passing-off and related actions; moral rights and performer's protection; as well as a consideration of the proposed protection of Indigenous cultural property. In addition, this subject touches on how to deal in IP, the globalisation of IP and emerging issues in intellectual property law.

Students develop skills in critical analysis and evaluation and spoken or written communication as they participate in class and online group discussions. Students also develop self-management skills by preparing and participating in class, writing reflections on their learning, and by composing a research topic and completing a research essay.

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