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Patenting in Life Sciences: a hands on workshop 2012


Löwenberg 43, 3280 Murten

A two-day course for doctoral students and post-docs in the life sciences

Patenting in Life Sciences 2012 - Barbecue Dinner

The seventh edition of this course was jointly organized by the Forum for Genetic Research of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. The workshop was further supported by the Life Science Zurich Graduate School, the Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale (CUSO), the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB) of the University of Bern and the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology of the University of Neuchâtel.

Over the last decades the field of life sciences has raised to a productive source of technological innovation. Its output is at the origin of a growing amount of commercial products and potential markets. Along with this economic development, issues in intellectual property have become important to researchers in biosciences. During their career they are more and more confronted to questions related to patenting and are, by the majority, rather unprepared to handle the situation professionally. This appraisal was the incentive for the Forum for Genetic Research of the Swiss Academy of Sciences to organize a PhD-course dedicated to patents and their implementation in the field of life sciences.

The goal of the course was to provide the students with basic information and hands on experience in the management of patenting issues. The lectures gathered inputs related to the following topics: Basic knowledge on intellectual property and patenting, patent law, challenges related to intellectual property in a spin-off company and ethical considerations in patenting. In addition, the participants were offered to discover new job opportunities in the field of intellectual property management. Subsequently the attendees participated in workshops, where they gained hands on experience in one of the three topics Patents, Rights or Commercialization.At the end of the course, the students have acquired basic knowledge in patenting and answers to the following questions: How does patenting in life sciences affect – my career? – academic research? – the society?


Prof. Heinz Müller, University of Basel and Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
Patents: what is it all about?

Stefan Emler, SmartGene
Protecting IP in a SME Providing Application Services to the Life Sciences

Prof. Daniel Kraus, University of Neuchâtel and Umbricht Attorneys at Law
Get Up, Stand Up! Stand Up for your Rights (in patenting)

Dr. Raluca Flükiger, Swiss University Technology Transfer, University of Geneva
Patenting in Swiss academic institutions

Prof. Samia Hurst, University of Geneva
Patents on Life? ethical issues

André Roland, André Roland SA
Job opportunities in the patent field


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