BMS505 Intellectual Property & Regulation of Biotechnology (8)

This subject will cover the rules and legislation concerning intellectual property, patent applications and the regulatory bodies associated with biotechnology research. Part of the subject will cover the prerequisite work required to file a patent application. The theory will use the Australian situation as a base with assessment items comparing the laws and regulations between Australia and other countries. Overseas students will ideally compare the Australian situation with the situation in their own country.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Corporate Biotechnology students only

Assumed Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Understand the process involved in regulating recombinant DNA technology including use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and human gene therapy.
  • Appreciate the role of organisations such as the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Office of the Gene technology Regulator in the commercialisation of biotechnology research.
  • Understand the range of IP associated with biotechnology including patents, trade marks, designs, plant breeders rights, copyright and trade secrets.
  • Describe and understand the processes associated with the patenting of biotechnology inventions including patent searching.
  • Understand the role of good research management and laboratory practice in the commercialisation of biotechnology research.
  • Understand the processes of due diligence.


This subject will cover the following topics:

* Regulating the use of biotechnology * Intellectual property * Research management and laboratory practices * Patenting biotechnology inventions Commercialisation of biotechnology research, * IP valuation, * trade marks * licensing * due diligence Case-study questions and problems


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.