Intellectual Property Law

Establish your credentials as an IP professional with our comprehensive suite of practically focused subjects.

Melbourne Law School’s specialisation in intellectual property (IP) is one of the largest and most respected specialist IP law programs in the world. Its extensive range of challenging, cutting-edge subjects covers the spectrum of IP protection regimes, and are practically focused and theoretically rigorous. Many of the specialisation's subjects are accredited by the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board (TTIPAB). This program is ideal for those seeking accreditation as a patent and/or trade marks attorney in Australia and New Zealand, as well as for those seeking to develop or expand their expertise in intellectual property law generally.

Intellectual Property Law study options

Overview of Intellectual Property

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). It is accredited by the TTIPAB as satisfying part of its accreditation requirements for Topic Group A.

Professional Accreditation

By satisfactorily completing appropriate subjects, a suitably qualified person may be accredited with satisfying all of the topic groups necessary for registration as a trade marks attorney and for registration as a patent attorney under the trans-Tasman regime.

Applicants seeking registration as a patent attorney and/or trade marks attorney should seek advice from the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board (TTIPAB) and the Law School on subject selection at the time of enrolment. For more information, please see the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board.

TTIPAB Accreditation

  • TTIPAB Accreditations for Groups A, B, C, D, E, F, H and I are valid through to 7 April 2025.
  • TTIPAB Accreditation for Group G is valid through to 16 Nov 2023.
TTIPAB topic group Subjects required
A: Legal process and overview of intellectual property

and either

B: Professional conduct Trade Mark Practice
C: Trade mark law Trade Marks and Unfair Competition
D: Trade mark practice Trade Mark Practice
E: Patent law Patent Law
F: Patent system Patent Practice
G: Drafting patent specifications Fundamentals of Patent Drafting
H: Interpretation and validity of patent specifications Interpretation and Validity of Patent Specifications
I: Designs law Designs Law and Practice

Advisory Board

  • The Hon Peter Heerey AM QC, Victorian Bar (formerly Federal Court of Australia) (Chair)
  • Ms Fatima Beattie, IP Australia
  • Professor Andrew Christie, Melbourne Law School
  • Mr Owen Malone, Foster's Group Ltd
  • Mr Geoff Mansfield, Griffith Hack
  • Professor Sam Ricketson, Melbourne Law School
  • Mr Des Ryan AM, Davies Collison Cave
  • Mr John Stonier, Company Director and Licensing Consultant