Intellectual Property Law

Course code LAWS5015
Available in 2017
2017 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 passing-off.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Winter - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the main legal principles and rules that apply to different areas of intellectual property law in Australia;

2. Explain in a rigorous written and oral form the different targets and methods of intellectual property regulation to both specialist and lay audiences;

3. Apply the key areas of intellectual property law that govern individuals and businesses to develop solutions to practical problems;

4. Research and critically evaluate the applicability and suitability of different regulatory options in the area of intellectual property law, keeping in mind various competing interests that arise in a knowledge society.


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: Video presentation

Written Assignment: Policy brief

Written Assignment: Final take-home assignment