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Intellectual Property Law - LAWS8017
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  Faculty of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Academic Program must be either 9200, 9210, 5740, 9230, 9231 or 5231
Equivalent: JURD7517
Excluded: JURD7617, LEGT5411
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 3 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course is designed to give postgraduates a working understanding of intellectual property law, which is an important area of commercial legal practice and is vital to many industries. This course introduces students to the general law and statutory protections relating to Australian copyright, moral rights, passing off, trade marks, designs, patents, and confidential information. For each of the above, the course gives consideration to the subject matter that is protected, the preconditions for protection, and the nature of infringement. Other matters (such as remedies, competition law and international protection) may be dealt with briefly but are not examined in detail. As far as possible in an intensive overview, this course focuses on the commercial and business aspects of intellectual property.

LLM Specialisation

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

This course aims to introduce students to each of the general law and statutory protections outlined below. For each of the heads of protection, the course gives detailed consideration to the subject matter which is protected, the pre-conditions for protection, and the nature of infringement. Other matters such as remedies, licensing and international protection are dealt with briefly but cannot be examined in detail in a one semester course. Various justifications for these forms of property are also considered, particularly in the context of new or developing forms of intellectual property.

Main Topics

  • Copyright (including Moral Rights)
  • Protection of Confidential Information
  • Passing Off
  • s.18 Australian Consumer Law (formerly s.52 Trade Practices Act 1974).
  • Trade Marks
  • Designs
  • Patents.


  • Mid-session problem question and/or Class test (students’ choice) 50%
  • End-of-session problem question 50%

Course Texts

While no textbook is prescribed, in 2011, it is recommended that you use S. Ricketson, M. Richardson and M Davison, Intellectual Property: Cases, Materials and Commentary (4rd ed) (Sydney: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2009) as your main text.

Detailed handouts will also be distributed in class.


Refer to the Course Outline for a list of resources.

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