LAW5388 - Patenting for commercialisation - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.

Unit guides


City (Melbourne)

  • First semester 2017 (On-campus block of classes)


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Previously coded as LAW7433


This unit is intended to provide sufficient knowledge about patent law, confidential information and intellectual property in general, for non-lawyers who seek involvement in the commercialisation of research. The unit will consider the essential requirements for identifying and protecting research outcomes in the form of patentable inventions, confidential information and other forms of intellectual property that are to be exploited commercially. The unit is directed particularly to researchers in areas of science and technology and to those who work with researchers in a university or other collaborative research intensive environment.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of recent developments in relation to the protection and commercialisation of patentable inventions with creativity and initiative to new situations, especially those that arise in universities or other research intensive environments;
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories that arise in connection with patenting and commercializing inventions;
  • Conduct research on contemporary patent law issues arising in connection with commercializing research based on knowledge of appropriate research principle and methods; and
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to patenting inventions for commercialization.


Two take-home research assignments (1500 words each): 20% each

One take-home problem-based assignment (4500 words): 60%

Workload requirements

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

Chief examiner(s)


LAW5321 Patents for inventions