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.
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.
- Take-Home Exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
- Final Exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
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- 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 (approximately 36 hours of face to face teaching). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There are no prescribed texts. However students may choose to purchase Bowrey et al Oxford University Press 2015 or Stewart et al LexisNexis 2017.
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