LAWS330-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Intellectual Property Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


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 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. In order to give students an opportunity to develop and practice higher-level legal-analytical skills, selected aspects (such as copyright law) will be studied and assessed in greater depth.
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.

Learning Outcomes

  • On successful completion of this course, students will 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 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00 A2 Lecture Theatre
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Olivia Erdelyi


The assessment may consist of: group case review, legal opinion and an in-class test.

Textbooks / Resources

G. Dutfield and U. Suthersanen "Global intellectual Property Law" second edition, Edward Elgar Publishing, (2020).
I. Finch "James & Wells Intellectual Property Law in New Zealand" third edition, Thomas Reuters, (2017).
S. Frankel "Intellectual Property in New Zealand" second edition, LexisNexis, (2011).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $845.00

International fee $4,313.00

* 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 .

All LAWS330 Occurrences

  • LAWS330-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022