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Patents, trade secrets and allied rights (6 points)


Leader: Ms Ann Monotti

City Second semester 2003 (Off-campus)
City Second semester 2004 (Off-campus)

Synopsis: The Australian patent system and the action of breach of confidence. History and rationale of the patent system. The concept of invention; the requirements for patentability; patent application procedure; the drafting of claims; the enforcement, maintenance and exploitation of patents, and the international patent system. The nature and scope of protection accorded to confidential information and the relationship between patent and trade secrets protection. Allied forms of protection including plant breeders' rights and utility models.

Assessment: Research assignment (3500 words): 45% + Take home exam (3500 words): 45% + Class participation: 10%

Contact Hours: Intensive - Sem 2, 2003

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