- Class Number 4530
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dilan Thampapillai
- Dilan Thampapillai
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
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 major global concern, with complex interrelationships between the different forms of intellectual property, treaty law 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 agriculture, medicine and biotechnology; the development of personality rights; enrichment 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 equipped to understand and respond to changes in intellectual property and able to contribute to the process of reform.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- recognise, explain and apply the fundamental legal principles relating to confidential information, copyright, patents, designs, trademarks and unfair competition;
- identify, define, analyse and apply principles of law relating to each of these areas of intellectual property to solve complex intellectual property problems;
- outline and summarise the legal, practical and theoretical need to ensure that intellectual property rights remain valid and enforceable;
- identify, define and analyse ownership rights and marketing protection under intellectual property law as applicable to information, ideas, new products and product marketing to solve complex intellectual property problems;
- recognise and interpret current and emerging issues, including theoretical 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;
- anticipate and subject to critical theoretical and legal analysis arguments relating to the development and reform of intellectual property right institutions and their likely impact on creativity and innovation; and,
- define, plan and conduct research with some degree of independence.
There will be nine weeks of three hour lectures on Thursday evenings from 6-9pm in the Law Theatre. These lectures will involve lecture delivery and policy and problem discussion. In Week Five there will be a one day intensive on international intellectual property.
Kathy Bowrey, Michael Handler and Dianne Nicol, Australian Intellectual Property: Commentary, Law and Practice, (Oxford University Press, 2015)
Mark Davison, Anne Monotti, and Leanne Wiseman, Australian Intellectual Property Law ( 2nd Ed, Cambridge University Press, 2016)
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties
Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties
Distribution of Grades Policy: Effective from Winter Session and Second Semester 2018 (and until further notice), the current Grading Distribution Policy has been suspended pending the development of a new policy. For further information about the interim policy please see: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading
Further Information about the Course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for details on weekly classes and any announcements and updates relating to the course.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|4||International Intellectual Property|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Take-home exam||50 %||04/04/2019||19/04/2019||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
|Examination||50 %||31/05/2019||28/06/2019||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
As an elective undergraduate course it is expected that students will, on average, devote approximately 10 hours per week to this course. It will be expected that some weeks will involve considerably more than 10 hours, and others less, depending on whether students are preparing for seminar presentations or other forms of assessment
There is an exam in this course. Please note that the date included in the assessment summary is indicative only. Students should ensure that they check the examinations schedule when it is released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Details of Assessment: This is a problem-based take home exam on copyright law.
Nature of task: Compulsory. Non-completion of this task will result in a 0 for this assessment task.
Release: Available from 29 March 2019 via course wattle site.
Due date: 9am on 4 April 2019 to the Turnitin dropbox on Wattle. Please note that under the Australian National University’s Student Assessment (Coursework) Procedure there are no extensions for take-home exams. Late submissions (without an extension) will not be accepted.
Word limit: 2000 words.
Other requirements: All assignments must be 1.5 spaced in the body of the paper. All assignments must use Arial 12pt font in the body of the paper and must use Arial 10pt font in the footnotes. Quotations must not be in italics. Quotations of two or more lines must be indented in the text of the assignment in Arial 10pt font. Referencing must comply with AGLC 4.
Estimated return date: The assignments will be returned on 19 April 2019. A statement of general feedback will be circulated on 5 April 2019 and full statement will be supplied on 22 April 2019.
1. Demonstrates an understanding of the issues relevant to the problem-based assignment
· Accurate explanation of the relevant legal principles and authorities and recognition of the areas of controversy.
· Thorough and appropriate research
· Canvasses the issues at a level appropriate for an informed reader who has a good knowledge of copyright law principles.
2. Is well written, accurate, and correctly referenced and formatted
· Compliance with formatting requirements
· Compliance with Australian Guide to Legal Citation (4th edition, 2018).
· Clear and precise use of language
· Conventional spelling, grammar and syntax
· Avoidance of extraneous discussion or unnecessary language
· Prose which is easy to read, and an argument which is easy to follow
3. Provides a critical analysis of the material discussed in the problem-based assignment
· Analysis of the issues within the problem questions demonstrates a high quality of legal reasoning
· Develops legal arguments in a clear and logical manner
· Explores the relevant arguments and counter-arguments
· Demonstrates a sound knowledge of the adequate case law
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Details of Task: A final exam.
Nature of Task: Compulsory. Non submission of this task will result in a 0 for this assessment task.
Timing: During the examination period. Please note that the date included in the assessment summary is indicative only. Students should ensure that they check the examinations schedule when it is released.
Duration: 90 minutes writing time and 30 minutes reading time.
Permitted Materials: Any except ANU library books and excluded electronic devices
Estimated return date: After final results are released for Semester One via services office.
- Demonstrates an understanding of the issues relevant to the problem-based assignment
- Accurate explanation of the relevant legal principles and authorities and recognition of the areas of controversy.
- Thorough and appropriate research
- Canvasses the issues at a level appropriate for an informed reader who has a good knowledge of intellectual property law principles.
Is well written, accurate and correctly formatted
- Compliance with formatting requirements as appropriate to a written exam
- Clear and precise use of language
- Conventional spelling, grammar and syntax
- Avoidance of extraneous discussion or unnecessary language
- Prose which is easy to read, and an argument which is easy to follow
Provides a critical analysis of the material discussed in the problem-based questions and essay question
- Analysis of the issues within the problem questions demonstrates a high quality of legal reasoning
- Develops legal arguments in a clear and logical manner
- Explores the relevant arguments and counter- arguments
- Demonstrates a sound knowledge of the adequate case law
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You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
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Copyright, Contracts, Artificial Intelligence