LAW4703 - Introduction to intellectual property - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Not offered in 2017


The unit introduces the concept and categories of intellectual property law and the interface between them within a national and global context using case studies; it examines by way of an overview the rationales for and the nature of a range of intellectual property rights including copyright, trademarks, passing off, geographical indications, industrial designs, patents, protection of confidential information (trade secrets), plant breeder's rights and circuit layouts.


At the successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish and evaluate key concepts of each of the intellectual property legal regimes in a theoretical and policy context, taking account of national and global dimensions;
  2. Critically evaluate the purpose and scope of one or more of the various intellectual property legal regimes, drawing upon broader perspectives;
  3. Research, interpret, evaluate and synthesise legal principles to formulate appropriate responses to complex problems and issues and to generate new understandings;
  4. Communicate ideas relating to the protection of intellectual property rights to a specified audience in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive;
  5. Evaluate the role of law in regulating and facilitating commercial transactions.


  1. Written memorandum (1000 words): 20%
  2. A final take-home exam (four hour): 80%

Workload requirements

On-campus; standard 3 hours of classes per week for a 12 week semester.

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Chief examiner(s)


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later:

LAW1111; LAW1114; LAW1112; LAW1113; LAW2101; LAW2102; LAW2112; LAW2111

For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015:

LAW1100 OR LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104



LAW7223; LAW5146; LAW5147