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 intellectual property 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, the course aims to provide students with a 'toolkit' upon which to build detailed in-practice expertise in one or more areas, or as the basis for detailed future study.

Topics covered include:

  • the underlying origins and purpose of intellectual property 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.

Tom Joyce

Tom Joyce Tom Joyce is a law graduate of The University of Queensland. He also holds a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics where he specialised in intellectual property, and is admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland. As the current University of Queensland Copyright and Library Lawyer Tom advises extensively on any aspect of copyright which affects the organisation.



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