News story 17th Dec 2014

Endeavour Scholarship for PhD student

Julian Scarff, a second-year PhD student in the Department of Business Law and Taxation, was recently awarded an Australian Government Endeavour Scholarship.

Julian's thesis looks at recent applications of Chinese competition law to foreign-owned patent rights which are registered in China. These applications suggest that China may be able to use its legislation in regards to competition to limit the rights of foreign patent holders in regards to licensing and pricing of their intellectual property.

"This scholarship is giving me the opportunity to undertake my research on a more intensive level over the coming year. It will help with the funding of field trips into China to interview Chinese lawyers, judges and academics, as well as with obtaining and translating of local regulations and academic commentaries," Julian said.

Julian Scarff

As part of the scholarship, he will also be hosted by one or more Chinese institutions and supervised by in-country academics, in addition to his Monash supervisors Professor Christopher Arup and Dr Chenxia Shi.

"Being hosted by a local institution will assist me with practical things like obtaining visas for my field trips but also to build a broader network of contacts with Chinese academics. This, in turn, can assist me to gain better access to Chinese officials and documents than what I might have achieved on my own."

Possible outcomes of Julian's research could include more affordable access to patent-protected essential pharmaceuticals or clean energy technology in China, and elsewhere in the developing world.

"Potentially at risk, however, are the revenues and business models of foreign patent holders. Thisincludes Australian firms producing patent-protected pharmaceuticals and medical devices, which currently represent the largest single class of manufactured goods that Australia exports to China."

In addition to a year of research, the scholarship will also provide Julian with funding to undertake a one-year internship with an organisation related to his research. This can be a Chinese or foreign tertiary or policy institution, or with a multilateral or non-governmental organisation.

"During the internship, I'll be looking into how regulatory applications could be used to support local or international public health initiatives and/or responses to climate change," Julian said.

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships provided by the Australian Government with the aim of building Australia's reputation for excellence in the provision of education, support the internationalisation of the Australian higher education and research sectors, and to offer high-achieving Australians opportunities to increase their knowledge and expertise in their field. For more information, visit the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships website.