IP for higher education

We've developed Vocational Education and Training material aimed at improving the basic understanding of intellectual property (IP). This includes eight units of competency and six skill sets.

These competency-based IP training resources have been developed in close consultation with industry and can be downloaded from Innovation & Business Skills Australia (IBSA). Please refer to the download instructions at the bottom of this page.

Units of competency

BSBIPR301A - Requirements for protection and use of IP

This unit covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to assist with the protection and lawful use of an organisation's IP and to avoid IP infringement. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

BSBIPR401A - Use and respect copyright

This unit covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to protect and use original works with copyright. It covers preventing the unauthorised use of an original work, maintaining control over the copyright owner's work and avoiding the infringement of copyright when using other party's works. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

BSBIPR402A - Protect and use new inventions and innovations

This unit covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to protect and use new inventions and innovations as the exclusive IP of an organisation or individual. It covers identifying the need for protection of new inventions or innovations, working with specialists to file a successful patent application, monitoring and protecting IP rights, alternatives to patents and using the patent. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

BSBIPR403A - Protect and use brands and business identity

This unit covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to protect and use brands and other business identities as trade marks. It covers identifying the need for trade mark protection, lodging a successful application, monitoring and protecting the trade mark and using the trade mark commercially. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

BSBIPR404A - Protect and use innovative designs

This unit covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to protect the appearance or look of manufactured articles as registered designs. It covers identifying the need for protection, the process of design registration, monitoring and protecting registered designs, lodging a successful application for protection of designs and using the design commercially. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

BSBIPR405A - Protect and use intangible assets in small business

This unit covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to effectively protect and exploit the IP of a small business. It focuses on identifying and valuing intangible assets and implementing measures to protect and commercialise these assets. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

BSBIPR501A - Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business

This unit covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to protect, secure and effectively use intangible assets of value to an organisation. It focuses on establishing and maintaining systems to protect and exploit an organisation's IP to ensure business growth. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

BSBIPR601A - Develop and implement strategies for intellectual property management

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to obtain a strategic advantage from managing IP. It covers the evaluation of approaches to the management of IP. It also covers establishing, implementing, evaluating, and monitoring an organisation’s IP strategy. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Skill sets

  • Small business IP
  • Copyright
  • IP strategic management
  • Trade mark
  • Patent
  • Design protection

Guidelines for lecturers

Our kits provide guidelines for course content and can be modified to accommodate the specific skills of the lecturer and the needs of the students. The kits include:

  • advice on each unit and subject matter
  • session plans
  • presentations
  • assessment advice
  • assessment plan
  • assessment mapping.

Download instructions

  1. On the IBSA home page, select 'IBSA store' on the left hand side.
  2. Input 'BSBIPR' in the search box adjacent to 'view all products'. Click the search symbol to display the eight kits.
  3. Select any of the images, titles or the 'free' boxes to download copies of the kits. The links to a variety of IP resource materials are found at the back of each of the kits.
Last updated: 
19 March 2016