Overview of Intellectual Property

About the subject

Overview of Intellectual Property is a two-day seminar that provides a general survey of the various regimes comprising intellectual property (IP) and an introduction to New Zealand legal process.

Overview of Intellectual Property is designed for students seeking accreditation with the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board (TTIPAB) and satisfies Topic Group A2 and part of Topic Group A1 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.


Topics are:

  • Patents
  • Trade marks
  • Designs
  • Copyright
  • Circuit layouts
  • Plant Breeder’s Rights/Plant Variety Rights
  • Geographical Indications/Appellations of Origin
  • Confidential information / Trade secrets
  • Trade Practices and Anti-Competitive Practices
  • International Intellectual Property Treaties
  • Legal process in New Zealand


Benjamin Hopper

Teaching period

May 2023

Thursday and Friday, 25 May - 26 May 2023. Delivered on campus.


Overview of Intellectual Property assessment is marked on a Pass/Fail basis.

The assessment due dates for each availability is fixed and cannot be rescheduled without prior approval.

May 2023

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

The take-home examination will be released Friday 23 June 2023 and will be due Monday 26 June 2023.


$800 (includes GST)

How to apply

All applicants must have completed prior tertiary studies.

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.

Submit an application