Singapore University of Social Sciences

Advanced Patent Law

Advanced Patent Law (IPM521)


IPM521 Advanced Patent Law reinforces and expands on the understanding of the fundamental principles of intellectual property (IP) law, specifically the development of patent law in Singapore. The course will focus on patent law norms and policy and the patent as an instrument. This includes in-depth knowledge and skills in determining patent eligible subject matter, novelty and anticipation, inventive step, patent infringement and patent exploitation. An overview of other patent systems, in particular those in the United States and the European Union, will also be covered.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN


  • Development of Patent Law in Singapore
  • Patent Law Norms and Policy
  • Inventorship and Ownership
  • The Patent Instrument: Parts of a Patent Application
  • Patent Eligible Subject Matter: Usual Exclusions
  • Novelty and Anticipation
  • Inventive Step
  • Utility and Industrial Application
  • Patent Infringement
  • Defenses for Patent Infringement
  • Remedies for Patent Infringement
  • Patent Exploitation
  • Anti-Competitive Practices

Learning Outcome

  • Examine patent legislation and regulations
  • Distinguish the qualifying criteria for patentability
  • Analyse the scope of protection for patents
  • Examine potential patent infringement activities
  • Evaluate defences against allegations of patent infringement
  • Assess remedies awarded if patent infringement is proven
  • Analyse conditions which will result in patent invalidity.
  • Examine the law and practice governing patentable inventions
  • Employ the provisions of the Singapore Patents Act
  • Analyse patent-related international instruments and how they impact on patents in Singapore
  • Demonstrate compliance with international instruments
  • Evaluate the requirements for the registrability of patents
  • Appraise validity, interpretation of specifications; infringement; amendment or correction; compulsory licences; convention applications and exhaustion of rights
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