LAWS12068 - Innovation and Intellectual Property Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to the innovation ecosystem and the place of intellectual property (IP) within that ecosystem. In the first half of the unit, you will learn about Australia’s statutory IP rights, including copyright, patents, designs, and trade marks, and the associated international IP conventions and treaties. You will also consider other rights regarding confidentiality, passing off and unfair competition, and data ownership/privacy. IP is an important business asset, and in the second half of the unit, you will investigate the protection and enforcement of IP; assignment, licensing, and the business risks involved in anti-competitive licensing. You will also be introduced to some fundamental considerations in the negotiation of IP licences, including relational contracting and design thinking.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite LAWS11057 and LAWS11059 for Law students.

Pre-Req of LAWS11030 and co-requisite of LAWS12076 for Business students.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Online Test 30%
3. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 93.75% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 37.21% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: SUTE
Feedback
The Term 1 2021 delivery was generally well received. There were complaints about quality of lecture recordings for some of the recordings in the first half of the term. These recordings will be done again and transcripts will be provided on Moodle.
Recommendation
All recordings for the first 6 weeks will be done again and transcripts for the recordings will be provided on Moodle.
Action Taken
New recordings were generally made for 2022.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
TEAMS - do not have more than one forum for communication, expecially one that is not part of the University framework.
Recommendation
All communications will be run via TEAMS in future iterations.
Action Taken
Team was not used in 2022 and Moodle Engagement was maintained as the unit was delivered by a single coordinator unlike the 2021 iteration with two coordinators
Source: SUTE
Feedback
The activities and learning materials went beyond normal dry materials offered and were interesting.
Recommendation
All unit materials are reviewed each iteration for enhancement and updating.
Action Taken
This was maintained
Source: SUTE
Feedback
I really enjoyed the way in which the latter half of the unit was presented as it focused on practical aspects of this area of law and provided some valuable insights into the realties of practice.
Recommendation
Newly restructured format with focus on commercialisation in the latter half to be retained.
Action Taken
This was maintained.
Source: SUTE Teacher Evaluation Report
Feedback
The unit is well prepared and well taught. The unit is delivered by the best in the law of Innovation and Intellectual Property. The lecturer interacts with the students during tutorial times and always provides feedback on emails and moodle. I am glad I chose this unit as one of my electives and will be one of the laws I would like to practice in the future.
Recommendation
Excellent engagement with student should be maintained.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE Teacher Report
Feedback
I found the Unit Textbook to be too basal for completion of assessments and also in gaining a more intrinsic understanding of the area of law necessary to achieve the graduate learning outcomes, let alone be vocationally competent. I recommend these textbooks instead- Intellectual Property Law 2nd ed by Craig Collins and Heather Forrest, Intellectual and Industrial Property Law 3rd ed by Willian van Caenegem, and Australian Intellectual Property 3rd ed by Katy Bowrey et al. The lecturer ('Supo') was extremely knowledgeable and assistive, whilst also being a very empathetic person towards the complexities of students needs.
Recommendation
I recommend that Mark Davison et.al, Australian Intellectual Property Law (4th ed.) published by Cambridge University Press be added as a recommended textbook for topics covered in Week 1 to week 6 of the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and apply legal principles relating to confidential information, copyright, patents, designs, trade marks, plant breeder’s rights, unfair competition and the protection of business reputation
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and practical steps needed to ensure that intellectual property rights remain valid and enforceable
  3. Demonstrate a capacity to identify, apply and assess ownership rights and marketing protection under intellectual property law as applicable to information, ideas, creativity and innovation
  4. Critically analyse intellectual property protection and leveraging, including assignment and licensing strategies, for potential business and competition law risks.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Test
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2 - Online Test
3 - Written Assessment
1 - Online Quiz(zes)