LAW EXTENSION COMMITTEE
22 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES
The law of intellectual property includes the areas of copyright, design, patents, confidential information, business reputation and trade marks. The course provides a general introduction to intellectual property outlining, for each principal category of protection, how the rights arise, the nature of the rights, ownership and exploitation as well as infringement and remedies.
Throughout the course, key policy issues are considered including the rationale and role of intellectual property law, the overlap between areas of protection, the growing importance of Australia’s obligations under international treaties and the interaction of intellectual property law with other areas such as trade practices law.
Mr Andrew Fox, BA, LLB (Hons), LLM (Syd)
Mr Fox is a barrister at the NSW Bar and specialises in intellectual property and commercial litigation. He was previously a partner at the intellectual property firm Griffith Hack. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney, holding Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1) and Master of Laws degrees. Mr Fox has also lectured in contract law and litigation at the University of Sydney.
To be eligible to sit for the Board’s examinations, all students must complete the LEC teaching and learning program, the first step of which is to ensure that you have registered online with the LEC in each subject for which you have enrolled with the Board. This gives you access to the full range of learning resources offered by the LEC.
Then, students must achieve a satisfactory result (at least 50%) in each subject .
To register with the LEC, go to and click on the WEBCAMPUS link and follow the instructions. Detailed guides to the Webcampus are contained in the material distributed by the LEC, in the Course Information Handbook, and on the Webcampus.
march 2009 EXAMINATION
Candidates will be expected to have a detailed knowledge of the six (6) principal types of intellectual property studied in the course, namely: copyright, industrial designs, patents, confidential information, business reputation (passing off and related statutory actions) and trade marks. Candidates will be assessed on the requirements for obtaining each of these intellectual property rights, how infringement of such rights is determined, and the remedies available in the event infringement is established. Candidates will also be expected to have an appreciation for the interaction between the six (6) principal types of intellectual property studied in the course.
All enquiries in relation to the examination should be directed to the Legal Profession Admission Board.