Faculty of Law

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)


Intellectual property I: copyright and designs focuses on two important forms of intellectual property. Learn why we have copyright law, its international framework, what it covers, whether it exists in any given scenario, whether it has been infringed and the possible consequences of such infringement. Then examine Australia's designs law, which protects the visual appearance of manufactured goods, with a focus on the overlap between copyright and designs protection. Throughout, there will be an emphasis on current legal issues and the relationships between these rights and other parts of IP law.


Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Explain the policies and objectives underlying the copyright and designs law regimes of intellectual property protection;
  2. Critically evaluate those policies and objectives and relate them to proposals for law reform;
  3. Illustrate their understanding of the law by advising authors, designers and other creators, as well as users of material created by such persons, as to their rights and liabilities under copyright and designs laws;
  4. Understand and describe the features of the international rules governing the protection of copyright and designs.
  5. Evaluate the impact of technological change on the formulation and protection of the rights studied; and
  6. Apply their case analysis and statutory interpretation skills to complex factual scenarios.


Take-home examination: 100%
Assignment (1000 words): 20% and take-home examination: 80%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Three hours of lectures per week


For students in the LLB Hons course:
Pre-requisites: Foundations of Law, Criminal Law 1, Public Law & Statutory Interpretation, Torts, Contract A , Contract B, Property A, Constitutional Law; Co-requisites Equity, Corporations Law

For students in the LLB course:
Pre-requisites: LAW1101 Introduction to Legal Reasoning; LAW 1104 Research and Writing.

In addition, students may find it useful to study 'Introduction to Intellectual Property' prior to taking Copyright and Designs. However, this is not a pre-requisite and there is little overlap between the two units.