The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
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 (IP) rights, including copyright, designs, patents, and trademarks, as well as the laws of confidential information and passing-off.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 1 - 2019.

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 key 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: Overall overview (history and rationale in Australia)
  2. Copyright + Designs
  3. Patents and confidential information
  4. Trade marks + trade dress
  1. Passing off + consumer protection laws
  2. Other Intellectual Property Rights, including ICIP


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

Essay: Essay: Question to be released week 3.

Written Assignment: Final take home exam