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LAW7119 - Patents for inventions

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Professor Ann Monotti / Mr Raymond Hind


City (Melbourne) Term 3 2008 (On-campus block of classes)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2008 (On-campus block of classes)


* The Australian patent system.

  • 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 relationship between patent and trade secrets protection, and the relationship between patent and plant breeders' rights protection.


Students who successfully complete this unit should

  • Have an enhanced appreciation of the policies and objectives underlying the laws of patents and confidential information
  • Be in a position to comment critically on those policies and objectives and to relate them to current proposals for law reform
  • Have developed a detailed knowledge of the subject matter that is eligible for protection under these laws, the requirements for obtaining such protection and its scope, once obtained
  • Be in a position to provide detailed and comprehensive advice to inventors, enterprises and other persons engaged in the process of innovation on their rights and liabilities under these laws; and
  • Have a sound understanding of the operation and application of the rules governing the international protection of patents for inventions and allied rights.
  • Meet the requirements of the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys in relation to Patent Law (topic group E).


Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
Take home exam (3,750 words): 50% OR Supervised exam (2.5 hours): 50%

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