Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with coherent and advanced knowledge of main intellectual property rights, including patent, copyright, design, trademark law, and passing off. The course discusses the rationale behind each intellectual property right, their scope and enforcement mechanisms. Students are involved in the discussion on advantages and disadvantages of the current intellectual property regime, recent and possible future developments in this field.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Summer 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of statutory regulation, case law and practice on intellectual property in Australia, and compare it with legal regulation and practice in jurisdictions overseas.

2. Apply acquired specialist legal knowledge and argumentation skills in solving in depth intellectual property cases.

3. Participate in key policy debates surrounding future development of international and domestic intellectual property law regulation and enforcement.

4. Present and discuss, in both written and oral form, intellectual property law issues to both specialist and lay audiences.


The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Origin, functions and main principles of international and national intellectual property rights
  2. Copyright law, its rationale and scope
  3. Challenges of copyright law in online environment
  4. Protection of an industrial design
  5. Patent law rationale, scope and enforcement
  6. Contemporary trademark law and practice
  7. Trademarks online and domain name protection
  8. Other intellectual property rights


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or Master of Laws programs.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online quizzes

Participation: In class group exercises

Presentation: Group oral presentation

In Term Test: Final take home exam

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

This course is offered intensively in the second semester. Students are expected to complete 12 hours equivalent of online delivery and 24 hours face to face over six weeks.