Not currently offered
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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2020.

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 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
  5. Passing off + consumer protection laws
  6. Other Intellectual Property Rights, including ICIP


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Master of Laws, or a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) combined program.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6000 Legal System and Method I, and LAWS6001 Legal System and Method II

LAWS6002A Torts Part A, or LAWS6120 Torts I

LAWS6002B Torts Part B, or LAWS6121 Torts II

LAWS6003A & LAWS6003B Criminal Law & Procedure Part A & B, or LAWS6130 Criminal Law & Procedure

LAWS6004A Contracts Part A, or LAWS6140 Contracts I

LAWS6004B Contracts Part B, or LAWS6141 Contracts II

LAWS6005 Property

Assessment items

Quiz: Online quizzes

Participation: In class group exercises

Essay: Essay: Question to be released week 3.

Written Assignment: Problem Solving Assignment

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.