• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. recognise, explain and apply the fundamental legal principles relating to confidential information, copyright, patents, designs, trademarks and unfair competition;
  2. identify, define, analyse and apply principles of law relating to each of these areas of intellectual property to solve complex intellectual property problems;
  3. outline and summarise the legal, practical and theoretical need to ensure that intellectual property rights remain valid and enforceable;
  4. 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;
  5. 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;
  6. 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,
  7. define, plan and conduct research with some degree of independence.

Other Information

Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Take-Home Exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  2. Final Exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]

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Workload

  • Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 36 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
  • Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a; Bachelor of Laws (ALLB) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses; or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS8422 Intellectual Property.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
34
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

There are no current offerings for this course.

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