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International Patent Law, Policy and Practice
Last Updated Date:   31 August 2021


5 Credits,  Semester 1

Course Description:
The advent of new technologies has led to a dramatic shift in business strategies and global economic development. Intellectual property rights (particularly patents) form an "inexhaustible resource" and important asset for businesses and innovation. Some salient features of this module:

  • Skills-based: Deals with the practical aspects of patent exploitation and commercialisation. Topics include technology transfer and strategies for an effective exploitation and management of IP rights; due diligence; enforcement of IP rights; IP licensing & valuation (including the various IP valuation models). The focus will be on patent rights.
  • International: Analyses the global IP (particularly patent) regime including the main international treaties and their impact on development, trade etc.
  • Video-conferencing: some sessions may be held via video-conferencing with world experts in this field. Past session have involved senior officials from the World Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Policy: the module will also discuss current legal and policy developments in the international patent law scene. Students will be expected to conduct in-depth research into a topical area and submit a research paper on this as part of the assessment component of this module. Past topics have included patent issues in Climate Change, FRAND & RAND, smart-phone wars and ASEAN IP Integration.


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    Course Convenor: As/P Ryan Whalen

    Co-teacher(s): NA

    Module Codes: LL4071V / LL5071V / LL6071V / LLJ5071V

    Contact Hours: 3-hr weekly seminar

    Workload: 3 hours

    Mode of Assessment: Presentation and Participation - 15%; Patent Drafting (1500 words) - 20% & Research Paper (4500 words) - 65% [Due: Tue, 9 November 2021 (9am)].

    Preclusions: May vary from year to year depending on the modules offered by visitors to NUS Law in any given year. AY2017/18 - Students reading LL4135/LL5135/LL6135 - Patent Law & Practice: Perspectives from the U.S. are precluded.

    Prerequisites: NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.

    Examination Date: 100% Continuous Assessment

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