LAWS330-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Intellectual Property Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


An introduction to intellectual property law in New Zealand, including copyright, registered trade marks, passing off, and patents.

Intellectual property law is concerned with legal rights that may be asserted with respect to products of the human intellect.  Intellectual property can have both cultural and economic significance.  Accordingly, the creation of intellectual property is often rewarded by granting the owner a degree of exclusive control over commercial exploitation.

Given the extent of intellectual property law and the single-semester length of this course, the course will provide an introduction to several aspects of intellectual property law in New Zealand, including copyright, registered trade marks, passing off and patents. Students will examine and analyse relevant statutory and case law, as well as real-world examples from legal practice and the entertainment industry. In order to give students an opportunity to develop and practise higher-level legal-analytical skills, selected aspects (such as copyright law) will be studied and assessed in greater depth.

(Students should note that the two-hour lecture will be the regular weekly lecture. The one-hour lecture will be used for lectures or practice exercises during some, but not all, weeks. Recommended reading information will be available on the Learn page for the course.)

Learning Outcomes

  • On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Describe and explain selected principles of intellectual property law;
  • Identify the legal sources of these principles;
  • Identify and critically analyse intellectual property issues in relevant factual situations;
  • Apply the law to such issues;
  • Further develop skills such as legal analysis and critical reasoning.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00 C2 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 3 Oct
11 Oct - 24 Oct

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00 Online Delivery
4 Oct - 10 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Olivia Erdelyi


David Jefferson


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Group Case Review 27 Aug 2021 20%
In Class Test 06 Oct 2021 30%
Legal Opinion 22 Oct 2021 50%

Assessment may include a time-limited test and an assignment.

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Graham Dutfield & Uma Suthersanen "Dutfield and Suthersanen on Global Intellectual Property Law" second edition, Edward Elgar Publishing 2020.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $831.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law.

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