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77905 Preparing for Intellectual Property Practice

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 77892 Professional Conduct (Intellectual Property) AND 77896 Legal Process and Intellectual Property Overview


This subject introduces students to the legal systems and intellectual property laws of Australia and New Zealand, professional responsibility for patent and trade marks attorneys, and the commercialisation of intellectual property. Students use this knowledge as a framework to develop skills in critical analysis, critical evaluation and legal writing for intellectual property practice. The subject is in three parts. Each part has a dedicated online discussion forum where students are invited to discuss the materials and ask any questions that arise as they explore the materials, build skills and test their learning.

Part 1 explores the Australian and New Zealand legal systems, the courts and legislative processes, and the protection of intellectual property rights by local and international legal systems. Students start to apply the skills of statutory interpretation, case analysis and legal writing and have opportunities to test their learning and obtain feedback on developing skills.

Part 2 explores the rights, privileges and responsibilities of practising patent or trade mark attorneys towards their clients, the profession and the community. Further opportunities are offered for students to test their knowledge and incorporate feedback to further develop their skills.

Part 3 explores the principles involved in the efficient and effective management, commercialisation and exploitation of intellectual property assets together with the legal entities and processes used in licensing, franchising, assignment and securing intellectual property rights. Students refine their analytical skills and legal writing and receive feedback on their progress.

Students use the knowledge and skills gained in this subject in intellectual property and/or law subjects as well as in practice. When completed, this subject ensures that students satisfy the knowledge requirements prescribed by Regulation 20.8 and Parts 2 and 3 of Schedule 5 of the Patent Regulations 1991 (Cwlth).

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