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LAWS12068 - Intellectual Property Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Intellectual property concerns legal rights over creativity and innovation. In Australia statutory rights exist in relation to Copyright, Patents, Designs, Trade Marks, Plant Breeder's Rights as well as rights relating to confidentiality, passing off and unfair competition. Intellectual property transcends national and international boundaries and is truly global in context. This unit will explore complex policy issues including: international trade; information technology; revolutions in agriculture, medicine and biotechnology; personality rights; creative commons; and the protection of traditional knowledge and culture. Intellectual Property is as dynamic as it is controversial.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: LAWS11057, LAWS11059, LAWS11061, LAWS11062, LAWS11063, LAWS11064, LAWS11060, (LAWS11065 or LAWS12055) Co-requisite: LAWS12065

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 - 2019

Term 1 - 2021 Profile

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. Presentation and Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Group Discussion 10%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 42.86% 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: Student email.
From the time I began studying law in 2014, I have been looking forward to studying intellectual property law and had long marked the subject to be one of my electives. My opportunity to enrol arose this semester - AJ and the course itself far exceeded any of my expectations. To say I really enjoyed this subject would be an understatement. I really enjoyed our lecture notes, AJ's vidcasts and the textbook (which proved to be easy-reading). I also really enjoyed my completed assessment to date and found the experience and delivery to be rewarding, beyond the substantive material or method of delivery.
Continue to provide highly engaging, motivational learning in this unit.
Action Taken
Continue to provide engaging, motivational learning in this unit.
Source: Student feedback.
Better navigability of Moodle site.
The unit Moodle site will be streamlined to improve "student friendliness" and navigability.
Action Taken
Moodle site was streamlined; navigability was improved. Evaluations enjoyed an uplift in this area.
Source: Student feedback.
More assistance with assessment requirements.
More information and assistance will be provided to students on the process of selecting an independent research paper. More assistance will be provided on how to go about researching for an independent research paper.
Action Taken
More assistance was provided, although the first assessment topic (own design) element, and the group work second assessment, seemed to create some student uncertainty. There will be a broader review and restructure of assessment items in this unit. It is proposed that own design of assessment topic will revert to more traditional lecturer-set problem based work. Group work component will be removed. More weighting will be given to weekly student discussion fora.
Source: In class.
Less forums.
Remove a number of superfluous discussion forums. Too many for students to manage.
Action Taken
Less student discussion fora appeared to work better this term and improved Moodle navigability (see above).
Source: Email
I'd like to start by saying this has been the best course I have done so far with CQU - I am four courses out from graduating. It has to do with how involved you are with the students, the way you interact and checked in with us periodically, and the layout of the course was a breath of fresh air. Your tutorial has been so easy to attend, and one that I have actually looked forward too throughout the term. I must disagree about the suggestion with the course layout - I wouldn't change it at all, it was fantastic. The peer to peer learning was a breath of fresh air and so interesting. Thank you so much for pouring so much time and effort into the course, it really was enjoyable.
1. Remove own topic design for written assessment and revert to lecturer-set problem based work. 2. Remove the group work component. 3. To stimulate interactivity, allocate more marks to the discussion fora so that students feel adequately recompensed for the effort required each week to provide thoughtful posts.
Action Taken
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. Critique intellectual property protection for indigenous knowledge and culture, information technology especially biotechnology and international trade.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
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
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Group Discussion