Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will examine the regulatory and legal framework of intellectual property law in Australia. Students will analyse the doctrines, principles and policies of intellectual property regulation, including the discrete areas of copyright, patent, design and trade mark laws. Students will also examine the concepts and theories of protecting intellectual property as well as the political, cultural and economic context of the reform of intellectual property laws in Australia.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarc Trabsky

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesOnline Group Exercises, Research Assignment

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into:LMJD - Juris Doctor LMLGBL - Master of Laws in Global Business Law LML - Master of Laws LMCL - Master of Commercial Law LMLAW - Master of Laws; LMLEOr have permission of the Law School Director of Postgraduate (Coursework) Programs

Co-requisitesLAW5FPR OR LAW5CIP

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

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate advanced comprehension of the regulatory and legislative framework of Australian intellectual property law
02. Demonstrate expert skills in identifying, using and appraising research material relevant to the operation and reform of intellectual property law in Australia
03. Critically examine the legal, regulatory, ethical and economic implications of intellectual property law and its reform in Australia

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMarc Trabsky

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Problem Solving exercise (1500 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3

Research Essay (4000 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3