Teaching

Alexandra teaches at the University of New South Wales (‘UNSW’) in Sydney, Australia. She teaches various courses in intellectual property law, which are summarised below.*

If you would like to approach Alexandra for potential LLM or PhD supervision in one of her areas of expertise, please do so using the email address given on her official UNSW webpage.

Students who are currently enrolled in the following subjects should sign into UNSW’s Blackboard site for course materials and other information.

Foundations of Intellectual Property Law (LLB/JD)

This course is a one-stop-shop that allows law students to learn the fundamentals of the core areas of Australian intellectual property in a single course. It allows them to ‘try before they buy’ — to learn the basics of intellectual property that are useful for all legal practitioners, and to establish a solid foundation on which to build further knowledge — before committing to a longer course of study in intellectual property law.

As such, Foundations of Intellectual Property Law is a survey course covering statutory provisions and common law concerning copyright, design law, trademark law, passing off, breach of confidence, and patent law.

By the end of the course, students should have a good working knowledge of black letter  intellectual property law: the statutes and cases, the principles, and how to apply them in practice.

    • Duration: 36 contact hours
    • Assessment: student’s choice of combination of class tests, problem questions, essay, class participation
    • Assumed knowledge: foundational property and contract law
    • Official information for LAWS3021/JURD7321 at UNSW website: 2012 LLB, 2012 JD

Advanced Intellectual Property Policy and Practice (LLB/JD)

This course aims to give students a good working knowledge of intellectual property practice, as well as a good understanding of major policy issues affected by intellectual property laws. As such, it has two main parts:

  1. Policy: Covering topics such as: intellectual property theory (including interdisciplinary approaches); the global politics of intellectual property; indigenous ‘intellectual property’ systems; bio-prospecting, bio-piracy and owning life; access to essential medicines.
  2. Practice: Covering topics such as: practice and procedure of intellectual property registration at IP Australia and internationally (including registration strategies); parallel importation; intellectual property portfolio management; marketing and branding practice; licensing agreements and permissions (including open source licenses); enforcement (including trade mark counterfeiting and copyright piracy, criminal offences in intellectual property law, and Australian Customs procedures); adopting integrated intellectual property strategies pre- and post- dispute.

The course also builds on the black letter intellectual property law covered in Foundations of Intellectual Property Law, addressing the law of geographical indications, plant breeders rights, and personality merchandising.

    • Duration: 36 contact hours
    • Assessment: essay synopsis, research essay, class participation
    • Assumed knowledge: understanding of copyright, patent, trademark and designs law. UNSW students are expected to have completed all classes in Foundations of Intellectual Property Law before taking this advanced course (the courses may be taken consecutively in a single semester). Exchange and external students are expected to have an understanding of intellectual property equivalent to that covered in UNSW’s Foundations of Intellectual Property Law course.
    • Official information for LAWS8017 at UNSW website: 2012 LLB, 2012 JD

Intellectual Property Law (LLM)

This is a Masters level survey course in Australian intellectual property covering statutory provisions and common law concerning copyright, design law, trademark law, passing off, breach of confidence, and patent law.

No prior knowledge of intellectual property law is assumed, but the pace is brisk and students will be expected to have a good understanding of law and its operation (eg. from completion of an LLB or JD degree). The course is also suitable for those who studied intellectual property some time ago and would like a refresher/update course, and for those who have studied intellectual property abroad and would like to learn the subject from an Australian and/or common law perspective.

By the end of the course, students should have a good working knowledge of black letter  intellectual property law: the statutes and cases, the principles, and how to apply them in practice.

  • Duration: 24 contact hours
  • Assessment: student’s choice of combination of class tests, problem questions, essay, class participation
  • Assumed knowledge: basic property and contract law (no knowledge of intellectual property law is assumed)
  • Official information for LAWS8017 at UNSW website: 2012

Globalisation and Intellectual Property Law (LLM)

This course examines the way in which ‘globalisation’ and its governance structures have defined and changed intellectual property law worldwide. It also addresses ways in which intellectual property laws play an important globalising role. Understanding such issues is important for practitioners wishing to understand the international context in which national intellectual property laws operate, and essential for those wanting to understand the nexus between intellectual property and international trade.

The course takes an interdisciplinary and theoretical approach to examine: the history of intellectual property globalisation, including its association with trade issues: governmental and NGO organisations involved in this process; political debates, alliances and ideologies that have shaped global intellectual property law-making; the economics of globalisation and intellectual property; and sociological, cultural and domestic legal effects of globalising through intellectual propertization.

These issues will be discussed in the context of wider debates concerning sovereignty, development and national identity, and the examination of case studies such as the debates about access to essential medicines, biopiracy, and owning life.

By the end of the course, students should have a good understanding of the major debates surrounding the development and application of intellectual property law in a globalised economy.

    • Duration: 24 contact hours
    • Assessment: essay synopsis, research essay, class participation
    • Assumed knowledge: understanding of copyright, patent, trademark and designs law.
    • Official information for LAWS8050 at UNSW website: 2012

Owning Creativity: Issues in Intellectual Property Law (General Education)

This is a course in intellectual property law for non-lawyers. It aims to give students knowledge of how to obtain and protect intellectual property rights in the things they create, and how to avoid infringing others’ intellectual property rights.

The course has three parts:

  1. A Crash Course in Australian law: What is law and how is it made? How does the Australian legal system work? How do lawyers think?
  2. Intellectual Property Law: How to understand and use the law of copyright, breach of confidence, passing off and trademarks, designs, and patents.
  3. Intellectual Property Issues: How intellectual property affects people, and what could/should be done about it. Topics covered include: access to essential medicines, ownership of the genome, downloading from the internet, counterfeiting and piracy, indigenous intellectual property, and strategies for protecting intellectual property in your business.

By the end of the course, students should have a good understanding of how the legal system functions, including how intellectual property law is made and applied. Students should be able to identify situations in which an intellectual property issue might arise, know basic steps to take to obtain and protect their own — and avoid infringing others’ — intellectual property rights, and know when they should be seeking legal advice to protect or defend their interests.

    • Duration: 36 contact hours
    • Assessment: class tests, essay, class participation/group presentation
    • Assumed knowledge: nil.
    • Official information for GENL2323 at UNSW website: 2012
* The summaries provided on this page are offered by way of guidance only and are not formal UNSW information. Please go to the linked UNSW websites for official information about these courses.
Anyone wishing to contact Alexandra about these courses should do so at the email address given on her official UNSW webpageStudents wishing to enrol at UNSW Law School should go to its website for information and guidance.

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