The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


5000 level

Course handbook


The course 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

  • Semester 2 - 2020

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

3. Critically discuss 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.

4. Explain in a written and oral form intellectual property concepts and problems underlying them to lay and professional audiences.


The following topics are covered in the course:

  1. Introduction to Intellectual Property
  2. Copyright
  3. Designs
  4. Patents
  5. Trade marks
  6. Passing off
  7. Other Intellectual Property 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

LAWS1010, LAWS1011, LAWS1020, LAWS1021, LAWS2030, LAWS3040, LAWS3041, and LAWS4011.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online quizzes

Participation: In class group exercises

Presentation: Video Presentation

Written Assignment: Final take home exam

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term

This course is offered intensively in the first semester. Students are expected to complete 12 hours equivalent of online delivery and 24 hours face to face over two weeks during the Easter Break.