Intellectual Property Law

Course code LAWS5015
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


Introduces students to the laws governing the existence, ownership, use and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including copyright, designs, patents, and trademarks, as well as the law of breach of confidence, passing-off and deceptive and misleading conduct.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss the broad philosophical underpinnings of intellectual property law

2. Identify from a particular fact situation its general intellectual property implications;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of how to apply the law to resolve problems in the area;

4. Demonstrate an ability to research a complex legal question and to deliver timely and accurate advice on that question.


The following topics are covered in the course:

  1. Introduction to Intellectual Property
  2. Copyright
  3. Designs
  4. Protection of Confidential Information
  5. Patents
  6. Business Reputation: Passing-off and related actions
  7. Trade marks
  8. Enforcement of Rights


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed Knowledge

LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS4011

Assessment Items

Presentation: Blog post and presentation

Essay: Research essay

Formal Examination: Final open-book examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term