Intellectual Property Law
Level: postgraduate coursework
Intellectual Property is increasingly a business issue, implicated in dispute resolution, advocacy, negotiations and secured financing. At Sydney Law School you will survey the foundations of the international legal system and the treaties that govern intellectual property - copyright and neighbouring rights, patents and trademarks - and critically assess their relevance for global economic and social development. You will also examine key developments in intellectual property law and policy in the information society; including the impact of the Internet and creative industries' response, emerging structures for creativity and innovation, and the 'development agenda'. Further, you will explore efforts at the global level to find sustainable solutions to critical challenges in fields such as public health and access to medicines, biodiversity and access to genetic resources, protection of traditional knowledge, limitations and exceptions to copyright works, and the role of intellectual property protection in the digital environment.