LAWS 3060 Protecting Ideas

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200931

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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. The modules consider the different forms of intellectual property including copyright (including moral rights and performers protection), designs, patents, plant breeders rights, trade mark law, passing-off and related actions, domain name law, confidentiality, and circuit layouts.

School Law

Discipline Law

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) LAWS 1001 OR
LAWS 1004

Incompatible Subjects LAWS 3032 - Intellectual Property

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of intellectual property law.
  2. Analyse and interpret the relevant legal principles relating to the subject-matter of this unit.
  3. Critically evaluate the implications and effectiveness of the principles of intellectual property law.
  4. Demonstrate skills in legal research, and written and oral communication skills appropriate to the subject-matter of this unit.

Subject Content

Trade Marks
Passing Off and related actions
Domain Names
Plant Breeder?fs Rights
Circuit Layouts
Confidential Information


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
Online Quiz 60 minutes 20 N Individual
Oral Presentation 5 minutes 30 N Individual
Essay 2,000 words 50 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • To be Advised