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LAWS77-577: Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law


Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject will address intellectual property law in the context of the entertainment industries, technological and design innovation, and the protection of reputation. The module will draw on the comprehensive international IP treaty system, including WTO (TRIPS) and WIPO, to identify and analyse key issues and tests in the context of different domestic laws. The subject will also help students to develop a practical strategic focus, recognising that the protection of intellectual capital and goodwill goes beyond reliance on IP law alone.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $11,420
  • Commencing in 2023: $11,720

Learning outcomes

1. Review and reflect on a variety of international regulatory bodies, treaties and cross-jurisdictional case laws that influence intellectual property law practice. 2. Reflect on their comprehension of contemporary legal issues that shape modern intellectual property laws with special regard to contemporary technological challenges. 3. Develop a practical strategic focus for the protection of intellectual capital and goodwill across four core areas of intellectual property law: copyright, trade mark, patent and designs.

Enrolment requirements

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  • Study Abroad Students
  • This subject is not available to students on US Financial Aid.
  • Students on a Student Visa may be restricted from enrolment due to the mode of delivery in the chosen semester. Check the subject outline for further details.

Admitted into LA-43015 Master of Laws or LA-43050 Master of Laws or LA-43052 Master of Laws (External)

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens20/03/2022
Semester start16/05/2022
Subject start16/05/2022
Cancellation 1?30/05/2022
Cancellation 2?06/06/2022
Last enrolment29/05/2022
Withdraw – Financial?11/06/2022
Withdraw – Academic?02/07/2022
Teaching census?10/06/2022