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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Second semester 2011 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Professor Geoffrey Scott


The law of intellectual property is becoming increasingly international. The TRIPs Agreement, part of the WTO framework, has forced developing and developed nations to heighten the level of intellectual property protection. In addition, a large number of specific international treaties has set high standards for national states to comply with. The process of harmonisation at the European level provides additional norms of international IP protection. Subjects treated include: copyright law, neighbouring rights, trademark law, patent law, industrial design protection, sui generis database right and IP enforcement.


  1. To examine the bases for the international protection of intellectual property rights.
  2. To examine the evolution of new international norms in relation to intellectual property.
  3. To consider the relationship between the international protection of intellectual property rights and wider questions of international trade relations.


Assignment (7,500 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Geoffrey Scott

Contact hours

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)