Course Title: Intellectual Property Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Intellectual Property Law

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Christina Platz

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 9925 2313

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course examines areas of Intellectual Property (IP) law, including, trademarks, designs, patents, copyright, and passing off. It introduces and examines the rationale for the existence of an IP regime and its importance to the knowledge economy. You will gain knowledge and skills by studying each area in detail with emphasis placed on strategic management of business IP assets, as well as on design.  The operation of Australian IP law is examined in the context of the international IP framework.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  • CLO1:  Apply the principles that underscore the various IP regimes to determine function of IP law in the innovation cycle.
  • CLO2:  Communicate the essential meanings of the provisions of the statutes and cases as they relate to the national and international legal framework.
  • CLO3:  Research relevant IP databases and materials and apply the law to produce satisfactory responses to practical questions posed.
  • CLO4:  Critique the law of intellectual property and provide reform options.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 10% Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3   Assessment Task 2: 50% Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4   Assessment Task 3: 40% Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.