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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Summer semester A 2011 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Mr Raymond Hind; Mr Warwick Rothnie


A detailed study of the Australian registered designs system. International conventions, as well as design protection in other countries. Origins and rationales, relationships with other regimes that protect products of the innovative process. Requirements for registration, the registration process and Designs Office practice. Examination of the registered rights, including their enforcement, maintenance and exploitation. Proper relationship between designs and copyright protection. Other forms of protection for designs are considered.


Students who have successfully completed this unit will:

  1. understand the origins and development of registered designs protection in Australia;
  2. have a thorough knowledge of the law relating to the registration of designs and the scope and enforcement of associated rights;
  3. be familiar with other legal regimes that offer protection for designs
  4. be alert to when a registered design and other intellectual property rights may co-exist in relation to the same subject matter;
  5. be aware of the limitations of designs protection and proposals for reform;
  6. understand the international aspects for protection of designs;
  7. have the skills to apply for registration, prosecute the application and maintain registration of a design;
  8. meet the requirements of the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys in relation to Designs (topic group I).


Class exercise: 10%
Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
Take home exam (3,000 words): 40%
Class exercise: 10%
Take home exam (6750 words): 90%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Raymond Hind

Contact hours

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