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Unit description

Explores contemporary topics of interest, debate and policy development within intellectual property law, with a focus on the core IP rights such as copyright and patents. The unit will also canvass issues of practical and commercial application that resonate with these core IP rights, and consider wider implications.

Unit content

Topic 1: Copyright and related rights

Topic 2: Patents

Topic 3: Rights of attribution (trade marks, passing off, geographical indications)

Topic 4: IP transactions

Topic 5: Franchising and IP

Topic 6: Emerging issues in IP

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

Study Period 1

  • Stewart, A, van Caenegem, W, Bannister, J, Liberman, A & Lawson, C, 2017, Intellectual Property in Australia, 6th edn, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409345780.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

SCU Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Short written response10%
Short written response10%
Exam: take home40%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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