Intellectual Property Law
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate a highly-developed understanding of the principles of Australian intellectual property law and how it is influenced by technological change; government policies based on economic and social rationales; and international treaties;
- use cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in analysing the legal risks and liabilities involved in using the intellectual property of others; contributing to public policy debates about intellectual property law and the desirability of law reform; and an awareness of the global dimension of intellectual property law and the implications this has for developing policy and the law into the future;
- use initiative and judgement to identify and critically analyse, synthesise, and consolidate a persuasive and coherent legal argument that applies intellectual property law principles, the relevant regulation and theoretical insights, to suggest appropriate actions and remedies for damage arising from infringing intellectual property rights e.g., rights relating to copyright, patent, design and trademark; and
- demonstrate a well-developed ability to act autonomously to present a clear and coherent exposition of the relevant knowledge that evidences legal research, legal reasoning and professional judgment to questions relating to intellectual property issues.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
and one of
- UNE-LAW172-Contract Law
- UNE-LAW157-Alternative Dispute Resolution
- UNE-LAW164-Law and First Peoples of Australia
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
Candidature in Bachelor of Laws (4 Years) or Bachelor of Legal Studies. To enrol in this subject you will need to pass the Prerequisite/s. Please note as UNE results are released after the close of enrolment date, your enrolment into this subject will be withdrawn if you do not pass the prerequisite subject/s.
- Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
- Other requirements -
Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Intellectual property law is fast moving and controversial. It underpins high technology industries as well as supports the expression of culture. Issues arise anywhere from Nike shoes to Harry Potter films, from computer games to the recipe for Coke, from a grain of wheat to vaccines, from YouTube mashups to the machinations of global geo-politics. This subject introduces you to the complex and dynamic world of intellectual property. You will study the national and international framework of intellectual property laws together with current public policy and law reform controversies. You will also focus on the main branches of intellectual property law, namely copyright, patents, trademarks and designs. Build your understanding of a highly topical legal issue and gain transferable skills in critical thinking, legal reasoning and analysis.
Research Essay: 2400 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Take Home Exam: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4
- Research Essay (40%)
- Take Home Exam (60%)