Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 2015


This unit will analyse the issue of the legal protection of business research and development in the context of different areas of law - workplace, competition, corporate and, intellectual property laws. It will explore the impact of each area on this issue and pose the question whether a more harmonised approach might be reached than otherwise occurs where the issue is explored from the viewpoint of one discipline only. Approaches of the common law and civil jurisdictions, particularly the EU, will be used to inform and provide guidance to the analysis of emerging issues in this field.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of recent developments in relation to business innovation and research from the perspectives of labour, competition, corporate and intellectual property laws, with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to business innovation law.
  • Conduct research in innovation from varied perspectives - labour, competition, corporate and intellectual property laws - based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to innovation from the perspectives of the various legal disciplines of labour, competition, corporate and intellectual property laws.