LAW5339 - Technology contracts and licensing law - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Not offered in 2017


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Previously coded as LAW7221


This unit examines the particular legal issues and problems that arise with respect to the preparation and negotiation of contracts dealing with the licensing of technology and intellectual property. It will provide an overview of the basics of contract law. Students will then consider the specific legal principles that apply to the licensing of various forms of intellectual property.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • apply knowledge and understanding of licensing and other technology contracts with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice;

o Key provisions to be included in licensing contracts;

o Risk management, dispute resolution and implications of different commercialization structures; and

o Effective negotiation tactics.

  • investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to technology contracts and licensing law;
  • conduct research into technology contracts and licensing law based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods; and
  • use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to technology contracts and licensing law.


Licence drafting and negotiation exercise: 30%

Take-home examination (5,250 words): 70%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements). Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and to undertake additional research and reading applicable to a 6 credit point unit.

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