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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Intellectual Property Rights

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 4
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Peter Ulvskov (7-7f76807d7579804a7a766f7838757f386e75)
  • Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Veterinary Clinical and Animal Sciences
Course number: LBIK10215U

Course content

The course is theoretical and basic intellectual property right issues will be taught in parallel with patent reading classes and group work on a miniproject concerning the use of protection of intellectual property rights

Learning outcome

After completion of the course the student is expected to have the following knowledge, skills and competences:

- Describe the relationship between patenting and scientific discovery
- Describe the patenting process and how it relates to the international patent authorities and organizations
- Understand patents as strategic tools in business development
- Understand how intellectual property rights relates to and handles genetic sequences and other biological material

- Read and interpret patents within bioscience
- Determine the freedom to operate for a given new bio-product emphasizing intellectual property rights
- Understand the importance of intellectual property rights in interacting with external partners both industrial and academic
- Understand the value of intellectual property rights

- Identify relevant patent and patent applications within a specific bioscience field 
- Make a well documented report concerning the use of protection of intellectual property rights
- Exploit knowledge in relevant patents and patent applications within a specific bio-science field

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MSc Programme in Biology - Biotechnology


Study Board of Biomolecular Sciences and Technology

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


Peter Horn Møller, Affiliated lecturer, Department of Plant and Environment
Peter Ulvskov, professor, Department of Plant and Environment
Bodil Jørgensen, Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Environment


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, group work, discussions and presentations in relation to the project: 20 hours of lectures, 20 hours patent reading classes, 125 hours project work, 20 hours computer exercises and 20 hours for preparation


No restrictions




A textbook on intellectual property rights (Patenting in Biotechnology, a Laboratoty Manual, Peter Ulvskov) and relevant patent material. Some literature will depend on the miniproject.


Category Hours
Lectures 20
Colloquia 20
Guidance 20
Project work 125
Preparation 20
Exam 1
English 206


Type of assessment

Oral examination, 15 min. (no preparation)


Written aids allowed

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

Focus is on practical skills: How to search for patents and applications, follow application through the patenting system in Europe and the USA, and how to read and analyse patents.

Censorship form

No external censorship
One internal examiner


Same as ordinary exam.

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