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2015 Unit of Study

The session(s) below are for 2015. For Summer School 2015 unit of study availability please visit the Summer School website (main Summer session January/February 2016).

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Regulating Innovation and Distribution
UoS Code CLAW6032
Credit points 6
Offered Semester 2
Prerequisites None
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Lectures 1x 3hr seminar per week
Assessment Class participation and engagement (20%); Individual assignment (30%); Group assignment: Presentation (20%); Research paper (30%)
Description Business today operates in an increasingly complex and constantly changing environment in which success depends on the ability to innovate and compete. This unit examines three key legal frameworks - intellectual property, fair trading and competition law - within which innovation and contestability in markets takes place. Intellectual property regulation seeks to promote invention and creativity and to discourage imitation and free riding. Fair trading regulation provides standards of conduct for B2B and B2C transactions. Competition law promotes fair markets by prohibiting practices which damage competition. The unit focuses on franchising as a business model, to provide the context to examine how these regulatory frameworks operate and interact in a commercial environment.