LAWS 3032 Intellectual Property

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200637

Coordinator Sarah Hook Opens in new window

Description This subject provides an introduction and overview of the legal principles of intellectual property law, and traces the development of this law in Australia. It is designed as an introductory survey subject for undergraduate law students. Students will be considering the nature of intellectual property, the legal framework which contains it, the ways in which it can be protected and the reasons why it might seem important to our society to uphold intellectual property rights. The modules will cover the four major intellectual property regimes of trademarks, copyright, designs, and patents as well as issues relating to traditional knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

School Law

Discipline Law, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) LAWS 2003

Incompatible Subjects LAWS 3060 - Protecting Ideas LAWS 7033 - Securing Ideas

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Examine the fundamental principles of intellectual property law.
  2. Examine the current policy debates and law reform issues in intellectual property law.
  3. Apply principles of intellectual property law to complex factual circumstances or problems.
  4. Communicate fundamental legal intellectual property advice creatively and accurately.

Subject Content

Overview of Intellectual Property Law
Issues in relation to traditional knowledge for Indigenous Communities
Current developments and selected policy and/or international issues


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Participation Weekly participation 10 N Individual
Poster One page 15 N Individual
Reflection 1,500 words 30 N Individual
Viva Voce 20 minutes 45 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Sam Ricketson, Megan Richardson, Mark Davison, & Vicki Huang, Intellectual Property: Cases, Materials and Commentray (7th ed, LexisNexis, 2024) (6th edition is acceptable). 

Teaching Periods

Spring (2024)



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