Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2014



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).


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

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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