Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has announced a new Masters of Intellectual Property law, with the first intake to commence in February 2010.
The course is being run by the QUT Faculty of Law in partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency, and federal IP agency IP Australia.
Dr Francis Gurry, Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation, will visit the university on Wednesday to officially launch the program.
QUT's executive dean of law, Professor The Hon. Michael Lavarch, said the new course would play an important role in the economy of the Asia-Pacific Region.
"The IP system is part of the central architecture of world economics and underpins trade," Lavarch said.
"To have a greater level of understanding of how IP operates is an essential component of knowing how the world economy works. That's why it is important for people in our region to build up expertise in IP."
Lavarch said QUT was one of only a few universities around the world to work with WIPO to provide an international course on IP law and the only university in the Asia-Pacific Region to do so.
"QUT has one of the strongest IP research programs in Australia," he said.
"This masters course brings together a stellar group of teachers, including experts from WIPO's offices in Geneva, IP Australia and QUT's IP professors Brian Fitzgerald and Kamal Puri."
The course will be open to both law and non-law professionals, including patent attorneys, government and private sector staff, engineers, scientists and people within creative industries.
The Masters of Intellectual Property Law will consist of eight subjects over a year of full-time study, or longer during part-time study.