Intellectual Property Law

Unit code: BLB3129 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Online Real Time
BLB1101 - Australian Legal System in Context
BLB1114 - Legal Research Methods
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Intellectual Property Law is the method by which law seeks to regulate the commercial use of ideas, innovation and culture. Statute law has created property in the tangible artefacts produced from ideas. Patents, Designs and Trademarks have legislated systems of registration while copyright in Australia is governed by statute, but is also the subject of extensive international agreements. The unit also covers other forms of intellectual property such as Geographical Indications, Plant Breeders’ Rights, and the protection of confidential information. Intellectual property has been profoundly affected by changes in technology with which law has had difficulty in keeping pace, yet ironically it is also intellectual property law which seeks to regulate this technology. This unit of study uses problem based learning to explore the practical application of intellectual property law and the social and ethical issues which arise from it, suggesting possibilities for further development.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Elucidate a coherent theoretical and technical knowledge with depth in the area of Intellectual Property Law to a range of audiences;
  2. Advocate solutions to complex problems with judgement and responsibility in advising and acting in matters involving Intellectual Property Law;
  3. Provide specialist advice and functions with responsibility and accountability in the area of Intellectual Property Law related to local and global settings;
  4. Critically analyse and evaluate information to complete a range of activities in the study of Intellectual Property Law; and
  5. Adapt the necessary knowledge and skills to analyse, generate and transmit innovative solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex 21st century problems in the area of Intellectual Property Law.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Online quiz
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Problem based questions
Assessment type: Examination
Grade: 50%
Problem based Exam

Required reading

Intellectual Property Law : Lexis Nexis Study Guide
Criag Collins and Heather Forrest; 2013| Lexis Nexis
Intellectual and Industrial Property Law
Dr William Van Caenegem, 2019| Lexis Nexis
Lexis Nexis QRC
Dr Alpana Roy| Lexis Nexis

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