This unit builds on the foundation knowledge and skills acquired in Trade Marks & Related Rights, Patents & Designs and Copyright to understand more specialised applications of intellectual property law. The focus is on exploring areas of debate and policy development in the law of patents, design, copyright, trade marks and the law of confidential information. Students will evaluate contemporary issues in these areas. Students will also understand how these laws are relevant at a national and international level.

Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Evaluate Australian and international intellectual property law to support judgments and justify opinions
  • Interpret statutory language related to intellectual property law
  • Apply intellectual property law to new factual scenarios
  • Conduct intellectual property law related research and use the results of that research in the development of a legal argument

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
3.00 12 weeks 36
1.00 12 weeks 12
Unspecified Activities
8.50 12 weeks 102


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Oral PresentationGroup 30 - 50% 1,2,4 
Research AssignmentIndividual 50 - 70% 1,2,3,4 


  • Current debates and policy developments in intellectual property law

  • Interdisciplinary approaches to understanding intellectual property

  • Intellectual property expansion and overlaps

  • Indigenous cultural and intellectual property

  • Geographical indications and related law

  • Parallel importation and exhaustion

  • Intellectual property enforcement

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.