LAWS 7033 Security of Ideas

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200980

Coordinator Sarah Hook Opens in new window

Description This unit provides an introduction and overview of the legal principles of intellectual property law, and traces the development of this law in Australia. 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, circuit layouts, the historical development of intellectual property, and the international intellectual property framework (including World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and World Trade Organization (WTO)).

School Law

Discipline Law, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) Students enrolled in 27842810 Master of Laws (International Governance) must have successfully completed the prerequisite unit LAWS 7027 Legal Philosophy and Methodology

Co-requisite(s) Students enrolled in 3748 Master of Information Governance must be enrolled in or have successfully completed the corerequisite unit LAWS 7009 Commercial Law


Students must be enrolled in 2824 Master of Laws, 2784 or 2810 Master of Laws (International Governance), 3748 Master of Information Governance, Bachelor of Research Studies or Master of Research.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding 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 advanced 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.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz - Online 60 minutes 20 N Individual
Presentation - Oral Presentation 10 minutes 30 N Individual
Essay - Research Essay 3000 words 50 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Rocque Reynolds et al, Intellectual Property: Text and Essential Cases (Federation Press, 5th ed, 2015).

Teaching Periods




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