Course Title: Intellectual Property Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Intellectual Property Law

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


615H Accounting


Sem 1 2009


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Supo Owoeye

Course Coordinator Phone: contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods


Course Description

This course examines areas of Intellectual Property, including copyright, patents, designs, trade marks, confidential information and passing off. The operation of Australian law is examined and then studied in the context of the international intellectual property framework. The role of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are examined.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the procedural rules of intellectual property law;
2. critically evaluate the area of intellectual property law and identify areas of reform particularly in relation to business and consumer concerns;
3. analyse and research complex problems relating to intellectual property law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to intellectual property law and generate appropriate responses.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will:

• participate in class discussions,
• conduct legal research,
• undertake case studies on intellectual property issues, and
• give class presentations

Overview of Learning Resources

Information will also be provided online using the course Blackboard. The course Blackboard gives access to important announcements, staff contact details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. The Blackboard can be accessed through .

Overview of Assessment

The courses of the RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law use assessment to measure and report on your achievement of capabilities against learning outcomes and to provide you with feedback on your performance and progress. Generally, assessment you will face in this course may include group assignments and presentations, individual assignments, class presentations, participation, projects and an end of semester examination.