Intellectual Property Law

10 Units

This course provides students with coherent and advanced knowledge of main intellectual property rights, including patent, copyright, design, trademark law, and passing off. It introduces students to the international organizations and international treaties on intellectual property rights as well as Australian legislation and most important case law and practice in the field. The course discusses the rationale behind each intellectual property right, their scope and enforcement mechanisms. Students are involved in the discussion on advantages and disadvantages of the current intellectual property regime, recent and possible future developments in this field.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the origin and rationale of intellectual property laws, international legal framework and institutions in the field of intellectual property and their influence on the national Australian intellectual property law and practice.
  2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of statutory regulation, case law and practice on intellectual property in Australia, and compare it with legal regulation and practice in jurisdictions overseas.
  3. Apply acquired specialist legal knowledge and argumentation skills in solving in depth intellectual property cases.
  4. Participate in key policy debates surrounding future development of international and domestic intellectual property law regulation and enforcement.
  5. Present and discuss, in both written and oral form, intellectual property law issues to both specialist and lay audiences.

The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Origin, functions and main principles of international and national intellectual property rights
  2. Copyright law, its rationale and scope
  3. Challenges of copyright law in online environment
  4. Protection of an industrial design
  5. Patent law rationale, scope and enforcement
  6. Contemporary trademark law and practice
  7. Trademarks online and domain name protection
  8. Other intellectual property rights
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or Master of Laws programs.
Assumed Knowledge LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.
Assessment Items
  • Quiz: Online quizzes
  • Participation: In class group exercises
  • Presentation: Group task
  • In Term Test: Final take home assignment

Contact Hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term
This course is offered intensively in the Summer Term. Students are expected to complete 12 hours equivalent of online delivery and 24 hours face to face over two weeks.

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for LAWS6086
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