OnlineSession 3Session 3

Unit description

Examines copyright, patents, trade-marks and industrial designs, with the aim of fostering a thorough understanding of the various systems and legal principles which underpin the protection of intellectual property. Cultivates an appreciation of the complex, challenging and often controversial issues, such as the ethical dilemmas posed by the patenting of new life forms. Encourages an understanding of the increasingly important role played by international conventions and agreements, in the protection of intellectual property in markets overseas.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to the protection of intellectual property 
Topic 2 Copyright 
Topic 3 Passing off and trade marks 
Topic 4 Designs 
Topic 5 Confidential Information 
Topic 6 Patents 
Topic 7 Plant breeder's rights, circuit layouts, competition and remedies in IP law

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 3

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Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Research assignment60%
Exam: take home40%

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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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