Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the conceptual framework of intellectual property law in Australia. Students will examine the theories, policies and principles of intellectual property regulation, including the statutory regimes of copyright, patent and trade mark protection, the tort of passing off, the action for misleading and deceptive conduct and the equitable doctrine of breach of confidence. In addition to examining each discrete area of intellectual property law, students will analyse the interrelationships between these laws, the effect of international standards on domestic regimes and consider topical issues in the field, which may include legal liability for downloading/streaming media, privacy and the regulation of social networking, the patenting of living organisms and the regulation of character merchandising and celebrity endorsements.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarc Trabsky

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesOnline Group Workshop Exercises; Online Take Home Exam; Research Essay

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Intellectual Property: Text and Essential Cases

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorRocque Reynolds, Natalie Stoianoff and Alpana Roy


Edition/Volume5th ed

PublisherThe Federation Press


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate comprehension of the conceptual framework and key legal doctrines of Australian intellectual property law
02. Evaluate problems using appropriate legal doctrine in Australian intellectual property law
03. Identify, use and appraise research material relevant to the operation and reform of intellectual property law in Australia
04. Critically analyse the historical, social, economic and cultural implications of the protection of intellectual property in Australia

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMarc Trabsky

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 1500 word online take-home exam. Submitted/Assessed Online.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2

One 2500 word research essay. Submitted/Assessed Online.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Online group tutorial exercises. Submitted/Assessed Online during workshops.

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4