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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. Synthesise and apply the fundamental legal principles relating to confidential information, copyright, patents, designs, trademarks and unfair competition.
2. Critically analyse and apply principles of law relating to each of these areas of intellectual property to solve complex intellectual property problems;
3. Critically reflect on the legal, practical and theoretical need to ensure that intellectual property rights remain valid and enforceable;
4. Evaluate and apply theoretical knowledge of 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
5. Review 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;
6. Judge 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
7. Undertake intellectual property law research and present findings using a variety of materials and sources.
Indicative Assessment1. Research essay (50%, 3000 words)
2. Take-home exam (40%)
3. Class participation (10%)
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WorkloadThree contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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