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Ann is the Juris Doctor (JD) Director, having commenced this role in 2019. She was the inaugural Director of the Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies (CLARS), established in September 2014 following the merger of the former Monash Centre for Regulatory Studies and the Commercial Law Group, of which she was the head. In the past Ann has held a number of leadership roles in the faculty, including Associate Dean (Postgraduate Studies), Associate Dean (Research) and Director of Higher Degrees by Research. She served as a member of the Monash University Intellectual Property Committee for many years from 1995. Ann is a member of the Intellectual Property Committee, Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia (appointed 2004). Prior to becoming an academic, Ann was a partner in a law firm, practising in areas of general commercial law, property law, wills and estates.

Ann has been a Chief Investigator on four Australian Research Council grants:

  • Designing World-class Venture Capital Programs to Support Commercialisation of Australian Research During and Beyond an Economic Crisis (2013-2016);
  • Balancing Intellectual Property and Other Rights in Tangible Research Materials Used in Biomedical Research (2001-2002);
  • Legal and Policy Issues Involved in the Access to Tangible Research Materials Used for Biotechnological Research in Public Research Institutions (2000); and
  • Universities and the Ownership and Exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights: A Theoretical, National and Comparative Study (1995, 1996).

Professor Ann Monotti is the principal author of Universities and Intellectual Property: Ownership and Exploitation (Oxford University Press, New York, 2003), and a co-author of four editions of Australian Intellectual Property Law (4th ed, Cambridge University Press, 2020), of Innovation and Venture Capital Law and Policy (Federation Press, 2016) and of Commercialisation of Intellectual Property (LexisNexis, 2019). She co-edited Business Innovation and the Law: Perspectives from Intellectual Property, Labour, Competition and Corporate Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, UK, 2013), a Special issue of the Monash University Law Review on Intellectual Property Law (2012), volume 38 Issue 1 and Employment Law and Intellectual Property Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, UK, 2018). 

Her writing has been considered by the High Court of Australia:

  • AstraZenica AB v Apotex Pty Ltd (2015) 257 CLR 356, [11]
  • D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc [2015] HCA 35, [21], [24] 
  • Northern Territory v Collins (2008) 235 CLR 619, [121]

and in various decisions of the Federal Court of Australia including:

  • University of Western Australia v Gray (No 20) (2008) 246 ALR 603 (French J)[158]-[159], [1367];
  • University of Western Australia v Gray (2009) 179 FCR 346, [149], [169], [187], [195]; and
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Co v F H Faulding & Co Ltd (2000) 170 ALR 439, 471.

Community service

Law Council of Australia, Business Law Section, Intellectual Property Committee

IPSANZ - The Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc

AIPPI, Australia Inc

Research interests

Intellectual property law and commercialisation

Artificial intelligence and patent law

Ownership and exploitation of intellectual property in universities

Intellectual property law and employment law

Access to tangible research materials in biomedical research

Patent law

Law of trade secrets

Licensing and technology transfer


Supervision interests

Patent law

Law of trade secrets

Licensing and technology transfer

Intellectual property law and employment law

Artificial intelligence and intellectual property law

Monash teaching commitment

2020 LAW5018 Advanced property law

External positions

Research area keywords

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Employment law & intellectual property law
  • Technology Transfer
  • Universities and IP
  • Patents
  • Trade Secrets
  • Artificial intelligence and IP


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