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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Term 4 2010 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Professor Ann Monotti and Mr Raymond Hind


* 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%
Take home exam (7,500 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Ann Monotti

Contact hours

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)