This transcript is for the video Introduction to Intellectual Property

Now more than ever the commercialisation of ideas and innovations are central to the economic growth of a nation, ensuring its competitiveness in the world economy.


There is an urgency to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. This has been brought about by the internet age and disruptive technologies, revolutionising the global marketplace and bringing Intellectual property to the forefront.


By choosing to do this course you have put yourself at the centre of this stage.


[Text overlay: Professor Natalie Stoianoff, Director of the Intellectual Property Program, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney]


Hi. I’m Professor Natalie Stoianoff, Director of the Intellectual Property Program since 2008. I’m Chair of the Indigenous Knowledge Forum Committee, co-convenor of the technology and intellectual property research cluster, and member of the UTS Commercialisation Advisory Panel.


My research is interdisciplinary and concerned with new technologies including the legal, ethical and commercial aspects of biotechnology with research interests ranging from the Patenting of Living Organisms, Software and Business Methods, Protecting Traditional/Indigenous Knowledge and Culture, Technology Transfer to Environmental Taxation.


I’m supported by the lead teaching team, who bring a wealth of legal and practical experience in the various facets of intellectual property. They in turn are supported by an expert team of practitioners who bring their real world experience and insight to the teaching of the program.


This Program will introduce you to the essential knowledge requirements you will need to register as a patent or trade mark attorney. And for those of you who don’t want to be either, this course will provide you with an excellent grounding in intellectual property to assist in portfolio management for your company, legal practice in IP if you are a lawyer or for any other pathway that requires an understanding of IP.


The subjects in the intellectual property program are provided online, allowing independent self-directed study to suit those with full time work and family commitments.


Our new learning platform, Canvas, offers a rich teaching and learning environment. It provides the opportunity to engage with the materials through text, video, and discussion features with interactive learning activities designed to explore and consolidate legal knowledge and skills in intellectual property law.


By the end of this course you will have developed six graduate attributes. THESE ARE: legal knowledge, ethics and professional responsibility, critical analysis and evaluation, research skills, communication and elaboration, and self management.


If you’re planning to be a patent attorney registered under the trans-tasman intellectual property attorney’s board then you need to cover all those subjects that satisfy the knowledge requirement topics.


You will see that the MIP provides 8 subjects that you must complete for patent attorney registration. If however, you are only interested in registering as a trade mark attorney, the knowledge requirements can be completed either in the graduate certificate of trade mark law and practice or the graduate certificate of intellectual property.


For those students who are coming from other jurisdictions where they have qualifications that are only partially accepted for registration in Australia, the graduate diploma in intellectual property or the graduate certificate in intellectual property provide the perfect vehicle to complete the necessary subjects.


As you undertake your course you will be supported by a number of different services provided by the university including the library, HELPS – the Higher Education Language and Presentation Support, student services, the director of students, and the career service and career hub.


Everything you need is available in each subject on Canvas, such as your subject outlines, law student guidebook, and the UTS Law guide to written communication.


You also have your orientation handbook. But don’t forget to check the faculty website, Canvas and UTS webmail regularly.


Welcome to the UTS community – I hope you have a rewarding experience as you explore the important and exciting field of intellectual property.