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LAWS17-733: Global Intellectual Property Law


Global Intellectual Property Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law in which undergraduate students may be permitted to enrol. This subject is a principles and policy based subject that explores the international intellectual property system, in particular FTA's, WIPO and the TRIPS Agreement (WTO). The subject examines how the international IP treaty standards are translated into domestic law in Australia and a number of other countries. Some of the issues that will be covered are: patentability of medical treatments and drugs; copyright, the internet and global access to film, sound recordings and text; the protection of famous and non-standard trademarks such as colours and the shape of products; the relationship between trade mark registration and domain names; the intersection between intellectual property and competition law; protection of denominations of origins and trade; and the protection of know-how and trade secrets around the world.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • January 2021 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • January 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $4,390

Learning outcomes

1. Understand global intellectual property treaties and regulation, including TRIPS/WTO.
2. Understand the impact of the global intellectual property system on domestic markets and development in various areas of intellectual property law.
3. Appreciate the current debates in intellectual property policy development at the international level, their significance and impact on various stakeholders around the world.
4. Understand significant policy issues in intellectual property law and enforcement.

Enrolment requirements

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Must have completed a minimum 120 Credit Points of LAWS subjects AND have a minimum average of 65% in LAWS subjects. Must be admitted into a Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree OR be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Exchange Law Student.

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

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens12/11/2019
Semester start13/01/2020
Subject start17/02/2020
Cancellation 1?18/02/2020
Cancellation 2?19/02/2020
Last enrolment17/02/2020
Withdraw – Financial?21/02/2020
Withdraw – Academic?23/02/2020
Teaching census?20/02/2020