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LAW3406 Intellectual Property Law

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 February 2023


Pre-requisite: LAW3203 or LAW2213 or LAW5703 or LAW5213


Intellectual property is becoming an increasingly important area not only for lawyers and legal professionals but also for any individual using the Internet and involved in culture production. The subject is dynamic in nature and influenced by the development of other fields such as trade globalisation, the knowledge-based economy, e-commerce, digital and internet technologies, international trade treaties, biotechnology and life sciences. Intellectual property is crucial to the promotion of innovation, creativity and economic development. Artists and knowledge creators, business enterprises, creative industries and developed economies are using intellectual property systems for their advantage to recoup their investments and maximise their commercial benefits and rewards. Lawyers must be aware of the latest developments in the field in order to assist clients who might face a range of intellectual property issues in their daily business activities. It is also essential to understand how intellectual property affects trade investments, access to knowledge, protection of drugs and life forms and Indigenous knowledge. The course is not only suitable for students wanting to gain comprehensive knowledge in the subject, but also students wishing to specialise in this exciting field of legal practice that is witnessing some of today’s most challenging and important legal disputes.

The aim of this course is to give students a solid foundation of the basic principles of intellectual property rights and their application in the Australian context and international treaties (TRIPS Agreement and WIPO Treaties). The course provides an overview of the key systems of intellectual property- trademarks, copyrights, designs and patents. It will also cover the common law actions of passing off and breach of confidence (trade secrets), and introduce students to the practical aspects of intellectual property - co-ownership of intellectual property rights, legal drafting of the various intellectual property agreements, commercial licensing and assignments of rights. Finally, the course will deal with novel and emerging issues in intellectual property such as copyright and trademark protection in the internet age and the protection of Indigenous knowledge and cultural expressions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 4 February 2023