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Patenting in Biotechnology

2019/2020
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 2 модуль

Преподаватель

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Far too often, researchers are misinformed about the role and the possibilities arising around patents and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). In this course we will teach you what IPR are - with a special focus on patents. Also this course will look at the importance of patents in the world of biotechnology - and what you actually can patent. Should your research be protected? Can your research even be protected? There are a lot of misunderstandings about patents, so first step is to know what patents really are and how they work. Then we will introduce how and when to apply for them. Also how to find existing patents is a crucial and necessary element to being able to assess whether your research should be protected or not.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Ability to perceive the various stages involved in a patent application
  • Ability to read and understand a patent
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Skills to explain the conditions of patentability for an invention
  • Skills to write claims related to biotechnology and to understand and explain the concept of Freedom To Operate
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights
    An introduction to the important subjects within the field of patenting, such as novelty and “person skilled in the art”.
  • The Patent System I
    Get to know the important timeline for getting a patent. We look at the filing, international filing, examination, publication, and potential approval of a patent. Note that we will go deeper into the search machinery later in lecture
  • The Patent System II
    The first video introduces search reports and looks into destruction of novelty/inventive steps. The second video covers international filling - the PCT system. The issues with medical use claims will also be discussed. By Peter Ulvskov.
  • Creating a Patent Landscape
    To map the patent landscape for an invention you need to be able to perform “literature search” for patents. This is important if you want to avoid infringing existing patents. In this lecture, different databases are reviewed: Derwent, USPTO, and NCBI.
  • How to Patent Biotechnology Inventions?
    Here we go through the interesting issues, rules and possibilities of patenting specific biotechnology related items as microorganisms or enzymes. By Claus Jørgensen.
  • Business and Patents
    How can we avoid infringing other patents and what are solutions in case we do? Freedom to operate (FTO) is in its essence to the constraints surrounding your invention that prevents your ability to produce/sell your invention.
  • Patenting Small Chemicals and Compounds
    In this lecture the novelty of chemical molecules and natural products are discussed. An interesting real life example tried to but things in perspective.
  • Searching Patents for Small Chemicals
    Introduction to using SciFinder, an enormous database for chemical reactions and compounds. See how one utilizes Markus formulas to search for patents.
  • Conclusion - Should You Patent Your Invention?
    Philosophical lecture about the benefit of patenting and how to actually use your approved patent. Also importantly, we cover ALL the reasons to NOT patent! Definitely important even though we really love patents in this course.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Essay
  • non-blocking Final oral group examination
    The Exam is planned as an ORAL GROUP EXAMINATION, online on ZOOM Platform. A Student should log in 20 minutes prior to Exam Session. Temporary internet breakdown is for up to 10 min. If longer - a written request to the course director, cc study office manager for further decision to reschedule the Exam for another date for examination: with different exam questions.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.3 * Essay + 0.7 * Final oral group examination
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Demirkan, I., & Demirkan, S. (2012). Network Characteristics and Patenting in Biotechnology, 1990-2006. Journal of Management, 38(6), 1892–1927. https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206311408319
  • Michelle Gittelman. (2007). Does Geography Matter for Science-Based Firms? Epistemic Communities and the Geography of Research and Patenting in Biotechnology. Organization Science, (4), 724. https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.1070.0249
  • Thumm, N. (2004). Strategic Patenting in Biotechnology. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 16(4), 529–538. https://doi.org/10.1080/0953732042000295829

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Haeussler, C., Harhoff, D., & Mueller, E. (2014). How patenting informs VC investors – The case of biotechnology. Research Policy, (8), 1286. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.eee.respol.v43y2014i8p1286.1298