LAWS3211 Intellectual Property and China's Innovation-based Economy

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Business Law major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit covers not only intellectual property law, which is a major focus of China today, but also a new and crucial dimension of it—China's booming innovation-based economy. It aims to prepare students for understanding, in a critical manner, the pros and cons of China's major economic driving force in the near future—the innovation-based economy.

The unit provides students with (1) a comprehensive analysis of China's intellectual property laws and policies; (2) a comprehensive analysis of China's pro-innovation policies, laws and incentives and its cultural, social and global contexts; and (3) an overview of China's innovation economy and creative industries.
Students are able to (1) develop an overall understanding of the latest changes of China's intellectual property laws and pro- innovation policies; (2) employ a multidisciplinary perspective that critically places China in the context of the controversial global intellectual property regime; (3) contextually analyse China's innovation economy (such as E-commerce) and how it works; (4) demonstrate well developed skills in researching, analysing and evaluating literature; (5) develop the ability to advise potential clients regarding China's intellectual property and innovation issues; and (6) demonstrate ability to work in teams.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research project; (2) exam; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Ken Shao
Unit rules
LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business
LAWS2207 Commercial Law
LAWS2206 Taxation Law
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