University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00099F

UTS has established expertise and a reputation for providing courses relevant to the needs of the patent and trade mark professions. The UTS Intellectual Property program is the first at an Australian university that fulfils the entire educational requirements for registration as a trade marks attorney and patent attorney in Australia under the relevant regulations. The unique feature of this course is that it may be undertaken entirely online, removing the need for students to attend face-to-face classes. This course provides graduates with an understanding of the principles of the registered trade marks system, the protection of unregistered marks and related forms of protection against misleading or unfair trading conduct in Australia. In addition, graduates understand the content and implication of a patent specification, enabling them to advise upon possible questions of infringement, validity and compliance. Depending on the subjects taken, graduates may seek registration as a trade marks attorney and/or patent attorney in Australia. Arts administrators or media professionals may enhance career options through building expertise in the commercialisation or management of intellectual property assets. Other career options include: patent and trade marks attorney, IP lawyer, IP portfolio manager, policy maker and government regulator. This course enables overseas registered attorneys to undertake the necessary subjects that the Professional Standards Board requires for Australian registration.


The course requires completion of 24 credit points of subjects. Subjects are timetabled annually, but not all subjects are offered every session. The UTS Timetable Planner enables current and future UTS students to view subject timetables. The course can be completed in a minimum of one session of full-time or one year of part-time study (timetabling restrictions apply). All subjects within this course can be studied by distance online requiring no on-campus attendance. All lectures, tutorials, course materials and assessments are distributed by a combination of web-based technology and electronic media. Students conduct all communication with the lecturer by electronic means. A number of subjects are concurrently offered in traditional face-to-face, on-campus format.


  • Intellectual property

Standard entry requirements

  • Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies. Previous qualifications can be in any discipline. Admission is at the discretion of the associate dean (education). The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
  • Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
  • Or AE5: Pass
  • Or PTE: 58-64
  • Or CAE: 176-184.


Subject to final board approval, where applicants have a requisite tertiary qualification as stipulated by the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys, this course provides accredited subjects which satisfy the educational requirements necessary for registration as a Trade Marks Attorney or which lead to completing the educational requirements necessary for registration as a Patent Attorney in Australia. Prospective students should check with the Professional Standards Board for specific subjects required to be completed for registration.

Study pathways

Subjects undertaken within the Graduate Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice are recognised within the Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property. Students enrolled in Trade Mark Law and Practice may apply to internally transfer to this course. Candidates are not awarded the Graduate Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice but subjects undertaken are applied towards this graduate certificate. General and course-specific credit recognition information regarding the Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property is available at postgraduate course information.

Further information

This course is only available by distance mode. International students are not eligible for a student visa to study this course in Australia.

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