Intellectual Property Rights

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

Education

MSc Programme in Biology - Biotechnology

Learning outcome

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

Knowledge
- 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

Skills
- 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

Competences
- 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

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

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.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 15 min. (no preparation)
---
Aid
Written aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner
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.

Single subject courses (day)

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