LLM523 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 candidature in JD or LLM or SJD prior to 2015; or candidature in LLM from 2015 (rule a or b - Australian); or candidature in LLM from 2015 (rule a or b - non-Australian) and LLM533; or candidature in LLM from 2015 (rule c) and 48cp including LLM533
Co-requisites None
Restrictions LAW323 or LAW331 or LS331
Notes None
Combined Units LAW323 - 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 command and coherent 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 autonomy, professional judgement and critical reflection to analyse and evaluate future directions and the development of policy relating to intellectual property law; consider the legal risks in using the intellectual property of others and the desirability of law reform including ongoing public policy debate and global factors impacting on intellectual property law;
  3. use well-developed, autonomous judgement and research skills to produce clear and coherent written communications that are based on critical analysis, synthesis, and professional and theoretical knowledge to apply the principles of intellectual property law, and relevant regulation to formulate client based solutions, articulating appropriate actions and remedies for damage arising from infringing intellectual property rights; and
  4. demonstrate advanced communication and organisation skills to apply legal reasoning, legal research and relevant theoretical knowledge to clearly articulate responses relating to intellectual property issues that include detailed critical reflection and analysis.