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Overview

  • We are the only university in the Asia-Pacific to offer this degree with the support of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and IP Australia.
  • Gain advanced knowledge and training of IP law, practice, principles and policy in an international and regional context, with an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific Region.
  • Lectures are delivered face-to-face in intensive mode by Australian and International experts, with guest lectures by industry experts from WIPO and IP Australia.
  • Study international conventions and treaties including the role of WIPO in global challenges such as climate change, public health and food security.
  • Available to both law and selected non-law graduates.
QUT course code LW53
Attendance Part-time or Full-time
Course duration 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start month 2014 February
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
Faculty
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact
CRICOS code067376C
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Details

The WIPO-QUT Master of Laws in Intellectual Property is offered jointly by the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and QUT Faculty of Law. This innovative course has been developed in partnership with WIPO Worldwide Academy and with support from IP Australia, to be the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.

The course is designed to meet the needs of current and aspiring intellectual property (IP) professionals from law and non-law backgrounds.

Why choose this course?

Available to both law and non-law graduates, this course is focused on the practices and principles of IP law in an international and regional context.

Taught by internationally renowned IP professors and industry experts, the Master of Laws in Intellectual Property is delivered face-to-face in intensive mode in a semester-style learning environment and with professional networking.

Accreditation is being sought by the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys for a number of units that will accelerate graduates' registration as a patent attorney or trade mark attorney in Australia.

Learn from the best:

  • Distinguished IP experts are drawn from WIPO, IP Australia, industry, legal practice and academia

  • The lecturing staff includes QUT’s internationally renowned faculty members (Professors Kamal Puri, Stephen Corones and Dan Hunter) and legal and industry professionals (Anna Sharpe and Philip Mendes, among others)

  • Professor Natalie Stoianoff (Director, IP Program, University of Technology, Sydney) and Doug Waterhouse (Chief, Plant Breeder’s Rights, IP Australia) will continue to teach into the course in 2014.

Real world learning

This masters course provides:

  • Advanced knowledge and training of IP law, practice, principles and policy in eight core subject areas with practical case studies

  • „„Practical research and abilities to develop innovative solutions to new situations arising in the field of intellectual property

  • „„Practical, real-world applications, with an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region

  • Knowledge of International Conventions and Treaties including the role of WIPO in addressing IP in global challenges such as climate change, food security and public health.

Course Structure

The WIPO–QUT Master of Laws in Intellectual Property program comprises innovative curriculum that melds IP principles, policy analysis, real-world experience and professional skills development.

Eight cutting-edge subjects address significant intellectual property law principles and practices, particularly relevant to the Asia-Pacific region:

  1. General introduction to intellectual property

  2. Patents and biotechnological inventions

  3. Copyright and related rights

  4. Trademarks, domain names and geographical indications

  5. Industrial designs and plant variety protection

  6. Traditional knowledge and other emerging issues, interface between antitrust and IP rights

  7. Intellectual property management and commercialisation

  8. Research project

The World Intellectual Property Organization

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations.

It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international IP system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest. WIPO provides professional training in IP via the WIPO Academy. The WIPO Academy also meets the growing demand for education in IP, by assisting universities in establishing courses on IP through collaborative degree programs in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

For more information visit the WIPO website.

Scholarships for international students

International students may apply for relevant Australian scholarships which include:„„

Units

Download course structures and unit outlines for Master of Laws in Intellectual Property

The course requires satisfactory completion of eight core units or equivalent as determined by the Program Director. The course is normally offered in full-time mode. Part-time study is available after consultation with the Program Director.

Each unit is delivered in a week of intensive classes (26 hours per unit) spread over two semesters (mid-February to late-October).

Entry requirements

A completed recognised 4 year Bachelor Degree (or higher award) in any discipline

OR

A completed recognised 3 year Bachelor Degree in any discipline AND 1 year professional work experience in the field of intellectual property or a related area.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2014: $8,500 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

More information on the SSAF

FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments

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  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

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