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IP: Regulating Innovation and Creativity (LLB307)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Description The statutory intellectual property system (including patents, copyright and trademarks) and allied contractual principles (like confidential information) are aimed at limiting the unauthorised spread of creative products. The legal requirements of these legal mechanisms, along with their conceptual and historical contexts, will be explored. After studying this unit, students will have an understanding of:
* the nature of IP law;
* the other techniques used by the owners of creations; and
* the arguments for and against regulating the spread of creative products.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Identify legal issues relating to each of the four principal intellectual property rights (copyright, design, patent and trademark).
2. Describe the relationship between domestic and international intellectual property law and identify the sources of intellectual property law at both domestic and international levels.
3. Clearly articulate justifications for intellectual property protection and develop arguments in support of and against the ongoing applicability of these justifications.
4. Critically evaluate and solve problems relating to copyright, patents, trade marks and designs.
Timetabled Learning Activities 24 hours contact over 2 weeks in December
Unit Learning Experiences This unit will combine the formal lecture format with the self-learning processes associated with the writing of a 3,000 word report (written as a take-home examination). The lectures will include the discussion of the basic principles of the unit content - a discussion that will be enhanced by pre-class reading. The discussion will also include the analysis of legal problems around the application of the law. Such problems will be the focus of the in-class test. The essay, on the other hand, will blend theory with legal practice. It will require the student to think more deeply about the structure of the intellectual property regime. The understanding will only be possible after a synthesis of the material presented in the lectures and the material found as a result of the self-directed work of the student.
Assessment An in-class test and a take-home exam.
Prerequisites Completion of Part 1 units in the LLB program and LAW260 Contract or LLB260 Contract Law
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed LLB375 are not allowed to enrol in this unit
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Law (LLB); (LLB(Hons)) [New in 2014]
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA)
Law + Business [Combined] (LLB)+(BBus)
Law + Commerce [Combined] (LLB)+(BCom)
Law + Communication [Combined] (LLB)+(BCommun)
Law + Criminology [Combined] (LLB)+(BCrim) [New in 2018]
Law + Global Security [Combined] (LLB)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc)
Law + Science [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc) [New in 2014]
Law - Graduate Entry (LLB) [New in 2017]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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