Overview of Intellectual Property

About the subject

Overview of Intellectual Property is a two-day seminar (forming the first two days of Fundamentals of Intellectual Property (LAWS90125)) that provides a general survey of the various regimes comprising intellectual property (IP).

Overview of Intellectual Property is designed for students seeking accreditation with the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board (TTIPAB) and satisfies part of Topic Group A of the professional accreditation requirements.

See the intellectual property law specialisation for further information on Melbourne Law School’s accreditation.

Students not seeking accreditation may undertake this subject.

This subject is not available for academic credit in the Melbourne Law Masters program.


Principal topics include:

  • Patents
  • Trade marks
  • Designs
  • Copyright
  • Confidential information and trade secrets.

Participants will also discuss basic IP principles relating to:

  • Circuit layouts
  • Plant breeders’ rights
  • International issues
  • Interface with trade practices law.


Benjamin Hopper

Teaching period(s)

All 2021 teaching periods have concluded, and applications are no longer considered.

The 2022 teaching dates are yet to be finalised, and will be released in November 2021.


  • Take-home examination (1,500 words) (100%).
  • 100% attendance is a hurdle requirement.

The take-home examination will be released Friday 8 October and will be due Monday 11 October.


$800 (includes GST)

How to apply

All applicants must have completed prior tertiary studies, and have relevant intellectual property work experience. Applicants must submit a copy of their current curriculum vitae and a brief statement outlining their reasons for wishing to enrol.

Places are limited and priority will be given to students seeking accreditation with the TTIPAB and/or enrolled in a Melbourne Law School Graduate Diploma or Masters course.

Note: Applicants already enrolled in Fundamentals of Intellectual Property (LAWS90125) do not need to enrol in Overview of Intellectual Property.

Students wishing to express interest in completing Overview of Intellectual Property in 2022 are encouraged to email the Academic Support Office at law-masters@unimelb.edu.au. Students will be notified via email once applications re-open, typically around November.