About this course
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. Applicants seeking registration as a patent attorney and/or trade marks attorney seek advice from the TTIPAB and the Law School on subject selection at the time of enrolment. For more information, please visit the Melbourne Law School Intellectual Property Law specialisation or the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board.
Intended learning outcomes
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law will:
- Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge relating to the field of Australian and New Zealand intellectual property law, including:
- the requirements that need to be satisfied to establish entitlement to the grant of intellectual property rights in both jurisidctions
- the procedures by which grant of such rights are obtained
- the requirements that need to be satisfied to establish infringement of those rights
- the exceptions, limitations and defences to infringement that apply to those rights
- the means for, and constraints on, enforcement and commercialisation of those intellectual property rights.
- Have advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills that enable them to:
- analyse critically, evaluate and convey information and
- generate ideas and solutions to complex problems from both theoretical and practical perspectives in the subjects studied in the field of intellectual property law
- Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner in the field of intellectual property law generally
Advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base in the relevant area of law
The specialist focus of the Melbourne Law Masters, the constant review and renewal of subjects and courses, the range and expertise of instructors from Australia and around the world, and regular advice from our advisory boards combine to ensure that courses and subjects reflect emerging knowledge and ideas
Ability to evaluate and synthesise existing knowledge in the area
Small classes, a discussion-based environment and the emphasis on quality teaching and learning create an environment in which knowledge is exchanged, critically examined and adapted to current circumstances
Well-developed problem solving abilities, characterised by flexibility of approach
Most subjects approach knowledge by reference to various issues or problems. Students are encouraged to critically analyse problems and identify and develop a range of appropriate solutions through class discussion, individual study and assessment tasks.
Advanced competencies in legal research and analysis
Class preparation and class discussions are designed to enhance these skills, which are tested in all forms of assessment.
Capacity to communicate, orally and in writing
Classroom discussion and formal presentations provide an opportunity to hone oral communication skills, and written assessment tasks are graded in part on written communication skills.
Appreciation of the design, conduct and reporting of original research
Research papers and other research tasks are expected to attain a degree of originality and discovery that befits a quality postgraduate program, and students are encouraged and assisted to publish work of a high standard in refereed journals.
Capacity to manage competing demands on time
The demanding nature of graduate study requires effective time-management skills from all students. The rigour of our programs, whether undertaken part-time or full-time, ensures that all successful graduates have enhanced time-management skills.
Profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, including the ethics of scholarship
Some subjects have a substantive ethical component. All instructors have a respect for intellectual integrity and are skilled scholars or practitioners in their own right.
Appreciation of the way in which knowledge provides a foundation for leadership
Instructors in the Melbourne Law Masters are leaders in their fields, and many subjects involve visiting academics, exposing students to a wider array of leaders in a range of legal fields. The Law School is committed to the significance of knowledge, which informs all regular programs and a wide range of additional activities.
Capacity to value and participate in teamwork
Small class sizes and an intensive teaching format are valuable in encouraging group dynamics and teamwork.
Understanding of the significance and value of knowledge to the wider community
Law and legal knowledge are a community resource. In some subjects, this perspective is covered explicitly by the syllabus and the manner in which issues are treated in class. In addition, our diverse student body ensures that a range of perspectives on the way law impacts on the community are identified and analysed.
Capacity to engage with issues in contemporary society
Our programs focus on the most up-to-date legal knowledge, analysing current issues and problems through the curriculum design, classroom discussion and assessment tasks. International students are also invited to participate in extracurricular activities to aid understanding of Australian law and legal institutions.
Advanced working skills in the use of new technology
The most advanced IT infrastructure is available to Melbourne Law Masters students in the Law Library, the Moot Court Room, classroom settings and for private study.
Last updated: 11 February 2021