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LAW7223 - Overview of intellectual property

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Mr Stephen Gray/Mr Ian Horak


City (Melbourne) First semester 2008 (Evening)
City (Melbourne) Term 2 2008 (On-campus block of classes)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2008 (On-campus block of classes)


This unit is designed to meet the requirements of the Professional Standards Board for Trade Marks and Patent Attorneys ("the Board") in relation to an overview of intellectual and industrial property. As such, it provides an overview of all aspects of intellectual and industrial property including trade marks, copyright, patents, designs, circuit layouts, plant breeders' rights and confidential information. It will also examine the major international intellectual property treaties and the relationship of intellectual and industrial property with consumer protection legislation and restrictive trade practices legislation.


  • To have an understanding of the nature and objectives of the common law and statutory regimes protecting trade marks, patents, copyright, designs, confidential information, circuit layouts and plant breeders' rights
  • To acquire a basic knowledge of the subject matter that is eligible for protection under these laws.
  • To provide basic advice to inventors, authors, traders
and other enterprises on their rights and liabilities under
these laws.
  • To meet the requirements of the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys in relation to an Overview of Intellectual Property (topic group A, part 2)
  • To acquire an appreciation of the basic features of the international rules governing the protection of intellectual property.


Supervised examination (1.5 hours) or Take home examination (3,750 words): 50% , and Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%

Contact hours

Semester-long and intensive

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