• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dilan Thampapillai
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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Intellectual property may be thought of as different forms of legal rights over creativity or innovation.  Within Australia, the main forms of intellectual property protected, and the focus of this course, are statutory rights relating to Copyright, Patents, Designs and Trade Marks, as well as rights relating to confidentiality and unfair competition.  Intellectual Property is also a global concern, with complex interrelationships between the different forms of Intellectual Property and the process of reform of those rights.  In doing so, this course will provide opportunities for students to explore key policy themes: the globalisation of trade; the rise of information technology; the scientific revolutions in agricutlture, medicine and biotechnology; the development of personality rights; enrighment of a Creative Commons; and the protection of traditional knowledge and culture.  Intellectual Property is an incredibly dynamic and controversial area of law.  Being able to sift through the commentary and recent developments to gauge their effect is vital.  This course will therefore also attempt to ensure students are equippped to understand and respond to changes in intellectual property and able to contribute to the process of reform.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

A participant who has successfully completed this course should:

  • have an understanding of the fundamental legal principles relating to confidential information, copyright, patents, designs, trade marks and unfair competition;
  • be able to identify, apply and assess principles of law relating to each of these areas of intellectual property;
  • understand the legal and practical steps needed to ensure that intellectual property rights remain valid and enforceable;
  • be able to demonstrate a capacity to identify, apply and assess ownership rights and marketing protection under intellectual property law as applicable to information, ideas, new products and product marketing;
  • understand current and emerging issues relating to the intellectual property protection, including those relating to indigenous knowledge or culture, information technology especially the distribution of material on the internet, biotechnology and international trade; and
  • be able to anticipate and subject to critical analysis arguments relating to the development and reform of intellectual property right institutions and their likely impact on creativity and innovation.

Other Information

Intellectual Property is generally regarded as an important course within a law degree which has a commercial law specialisation.  However, because it deals with property rights in information and expression, it has a broad utility and should be equally stimulating for students interested in the arts, cultural studies and legal theory.  Similarly, the international aspects of Intellectual Property bring with it important issues in international trade and development.  Intellectual Property also plays a direct role in regulating innovation and would be of interest to those with an information technology or science background.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment in this course will involve group and individual forms of assessment.  Students will work in a group to present at 1-hour seminar on a topic of their choice.  They will also work together to provide some feedback on the presentations of their peers.  Individuals will sit an end of semester open book exam, and reflect on various elements of the course.  There may be some attendance requirements in relation to the seminars.  Students will have some choice as to the relative weighting of each assessment component.  Students should check the course outline for future information about the means of assessment, including the relationship between the assessment and the learning outcomes of the course.

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This course will invllve weekly 2-hour lectures, and the attendance of a least 5 1-hour seminars in addition to presenting a 1-hour seminar during the semester.  Students are expected to devote approximately 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes a Bachelor of Laws or the Juris Doctor program (7330). Students must have completed or be completing five LAWS courses at 1000 level.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this course.  Extensive materials will be provided on the course Wattle site.  Students should consult thec course outline for recommended texts and other reading.

Preliminary Reading

Students are asked to make sure they have read the cdourse outline prior to the first lecture.  This is no other required preliminary reading for this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1626
2014 $2808
2013 $2808
2012 $2808
2011 $2778
2010 $2718
2009 $2670
2008 $2670
2007 $2670
2006 $2646
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3426
2008 $3426
2007 $3426
2006 $3426
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5040 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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