Intellectual property (IP) law spans many fields of activity and legal regimes.

This course is an introductory level examination of the general law and statutory protection of IP in Australia. It includes a study of the various forms of IP protection including copyright, trademarks, designs, patents, confidential information, plant breeders' rights and the potential for sui-generis database protection.

Focusing on subject matter that is protected, the pre-conditions for protection, and the nature of and remedies for infringement, we aim to provide you with a 'toolkit' upon which to build detailed in-practice expertise in one or more areas, or as the basis for detailed future study.

Commercial Legal Practice
4 days
UQ St Lucia (view map)
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Topics covered

  • the underlying origins and purpose of IP protection
  • copyright
  • registered designs
  • trademarks, domain names and geographical indications
  • passing off
  • patents, including biological patents
  • plant breeders' rights
  • breach of confidence
  • trade secrets
  • database protection
  • contemporary issues for the digital age - computer programs; apps, tweeting, blogs and linking; service and content provider liability.

Who is the course designed for

Our CPD courses are available to professionals interested in contemporary legal issues.

Whether you're looking to acquire CPD points, expand your knowledge in a specific area of the law, or gain a general understanding of legal issues impacting your profession, our courses will equip you to go further in every possible future.

Style of learning

Our courses are delivered in collaborative, seminar-style teaching environments, in the award-winning Forgan Smith building.

Our CPD participants benefit from small class sizes which encourage group discussion and debate, and 1-on-1 access to industry experts and leading researchers.


This course is delivered at UQ St Lucia campus.

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This course is part of the Masters of Laws postgraduate program.

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CPD enrolment closes two weeks prior to the course start date.

No entry requirements apply, you are not required to submit assessment and your course participation cannot be used as academic credit towards a degree qualification.

Our courses count toward Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points if you can demonstrate relevance to your legal practice.