LAW323 Intellectual Property Law

Updated: 08 November 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 36cp in Law including LS100 or LAW100; or candidature in LLM from 2015 (rule b - Australian); or candidature in LLM from 2015 (rule b - non-Australian) and LLM533; or candidature in LLM from 2015 (rule c) and 36cp including LLM533
Co-requisites None
Restrictions LAW331 or LS331 or LLM523
Notes None
Combined Units LLM523 - Intellectual Property Law
Coordinator(s) To be advised
Unit Description

Intellectual property law is fast moving and controversial. It forms the foundation for high technology industries as well as a support for the expression of culture. Issues arise anywhere from Nike shoes to Harry Potter films, from computer games to the recipe for Coke, from a grain of wheat to AIDS drugs in Africa, from the youtube mashup to the machinations of global geo-politics. This unit introduces you to the world of intellectual property. You will study the national and international framework of intellectual property laws together with current public policy and law reform controversies. You will also focus your attention on the main branches of intellectual property law, namely: copyright; patents; trademarks and designs.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a highly-developed understanding of the principles of Australian intellectual property law and how it is influenced by technological change; government policies based on economic and social rationales; and international treaties;
  2. use cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in analysing the legal risks and liabilities involved in using the intellectual property of others; contributing to public policy debates about intellectual property law and the desirability of law reform; and an awareness of the global dimension of intellectual property law and the implications this has for developing policy and the law into the future;
  3. use initiative and judgement to identify and critically analyse, synthesise, and consolidate a persuasive and coherent legal argument that applies intellectual property law principles, the relevant regulation and theoretical insights, to suggest appropriate actions and remedies for damage arising from infringing intellectual property rights e.g., rights relating to copyright, patent, design and trademark; and
  4. demonstrate a well-developed ability to act autonomously to present a clear and coherent exposition of the relevant knowledge that evidences legal research, legal reasoning and professional judgment to questions relating to intellectual property issues.