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535-0546-00L  Patents

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersA. Koepf, P. Pliska
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractKnowledge in the field of intellectual property, especially of patents and trademarks, with particular emphasis on pharmaceutics.
Introduction into intellectual property; prosecution of patent applications; patent information; exploitation and enforcement of patents; peculiarities in pharmaceutics and medicine; social, political and ethical aspects; Trademarks.
ObjectiveBasic knowledge in the field of industrial property, especially of patents and trademarks, with particular emphasis on the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech field.
Content1. Introduction into industrial property (patents, trademarks, industrial designs);
2. Prosecution of patent applications (patentability);
3. Patent information (patent publications, databases, searches);
4. Exploitation and enforcement of patents (possibilities of exploitation, licenses, parallel imports, scope of protection, patent infringement);
5. Peculiarities in pharmaceutics and medicine (supplementary protection certificates, experimental use exemption, therapy and diagnosis, medical indication);
6. Social, political and ethical aspects (patents and prices for medicinal products, traditional knowledge and ethnomedicine, bioprospecting and biopiracy, human DNA inventions);
7. Trademarks, types of trademarks, grounds for refusal, peculiarities of pharma-trademarks.
Lecture notesA script is available in electronic form during the lecture.
Literature- Swiss Patents Act: http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/sr/c232_14.html
- Swiss Trademarks Act: http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/sr/c232_11.html
- Swiss Industrial-Designs Act: http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/sr/c232_12.html
- European Patent Convention: http://www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/html/epc/2010/e/ma1.html
- Patent Cooperation Treaty: http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/texts/articles/atoc.htm
- Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property: https://www.ige.ch/en.html
- European Patent Office: http://www.epo.org/index.html
- World Intellectual Property Organization: http://www.wipo.int/portal/index.html.en