Overview of Intellectual Property

About the subject

Overview of Intellectual Property is a one-day seminar (forming the first day 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. Students must have completed prior tertiary studies, and have relevant intellectual property work experience. Students must submit a copy of their current curriculum vitae and 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.


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.


Ms Lindy Golding

Teaching period

  • Class date/s: Thursday 27 February 2020- Subject already taught
    • Assessment: 3–6 April 2020
  • Class date/s: Monday 3 August 2020
    • Assessment: 18–21 September 2020


Take-home examination (1,500 words) (100%)

100% attendance is a hurdle requirement.


$800 (includes GST)

Note: If you enrol in Fundamentals of Intellectual Property (LAWS90125), you do not need to enrol in Overview of Intellectual Property.