Singapore University of Social Sciences

Intellectual Property and Patents

Intellectual Property and Patents (ENG107)


The course introduces engineering students to the importance of understanding the characteristics and applications of Intellectual Property and Patents. Industry examples of case studies will be deployed in the teaching/student assessment of performance in the course.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY REGULAR SEMESTER
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done ENTIRELY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. There are no face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • An Invention and its Protection
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Designs
  • Plant Varieties Protection
  • Copyright
  • Trade Secrets and Confidential Information
  • Geographical Indications
  • Layouts - Designs of Integrated Circuits

Learning Outcome

  • Identify appropriate forms of intellectual properties and their registration requirements.
  • Recall the criteria for invention to be patentable, validity of trademarks and designs and other characteristics of intellectual properties.
  • Give appropriate solutions for scenarios involving various forms of intellectual properties.
  • Comment on specific cases/ scenarios involving intellectual properties.
  • Illustrate the rights and protection available for intellectual properties.
  • Discuss the possible issues with patents, trademarks, designs and other intellectual properties.
  • Show the benefits and use of intellectual properties.
  • Cite the relevant organizations for registering various intellectual properties.
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