263-5054-00L  Patenting Digital Innovations

SemesterHerbstsemester 2022
DozierendeA. Ilic, B. Best
Periodizitätjährlich wiederkehrende Veranstaltung
KommentarNumber of participants limited to 50.


263-5054-00 SPatenting Digital Innovations
2-day seminar.
25s Std.
06.10.08:15-17:00HG F 26.3 »
07.10.08:15-17:00HG F 26.3 »
A. Ilic, B. Best


KurzbeschreibungIn this seminar dedicated to digital innovations, we will bust the most stubborn myths around AI software patents such as “Software/AI isn’t patentable”, “AI patents are useless because you can’t figure out if they are infringed”, and many others. We will look at how AI and software start-ups can use patents to create a strong IP position in a scalable way.
LernzielAfter attending this course, students will be able to:
- Understand the basics of patenting in the digital space relevant for a global market
- Evaluate patenting opportunities with a more differentiated view on the topic
- Effectively use patents as a cost-effective part of a technology startup’s business plan
- Conduct patent searches, freedom-to-operate analysis and infringement analyses
- Write their first software/AI-related invention disclosure suitable for patenting
InhaltThe course is focused on patenting digital innovations. It is designed for students with entrepreneurial interests that like to get a hands-on perspective on the topic of intellectual property strategies and patents.

The seminar includes presentations and practical group exercises to apply the acquired knowledge in practice. Entrepreneurs and leading IP experts are joining the seminar as guest speakers for discussion of real-life examples.

Topics that will be covered include:
- Best practices that any AI/software startups should know about IP and patents
- How investors evaluate a strong IP situation of a start-up
- How to efficiently monitor competitor patent activity and obtain “FTO”
- How to create an effective patent filing strategy that grows with the business
- How to efficiently create AI patents while not getting distracted from the founder’s core business

The course also contains a group work of a “FTO battle” where two teams compete in a freedom-to-operate analysis and individual work to write their first invention disclosure related to an AI or software topic.


Information zur Leistungskontrolle (gültig bis die Lerneinheit neu gelesen wird)
Leistungskontrolle als Semesterkurs
ECTS Kreditpunkte1 KP
PrüfendeA. Ilic, B. Best
Formunbenotete Semesterleistung
RepetitionRepetition nur nach erneuter Belegung der Lerneinheit möglich.
Zusatzinformation zum PrüfungsmodusShort presentation (15 mins + Q&A) & group work: Freedom-to-Operate analysis & defense


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PlätzeMaximal 50
VorrangDie Belegung der Lerneinheit ist bis 02.10.2022 nur durch die primäre Zielgruppe möglich
Primäre ZielgruppeRobotics, Systems and Control MSc (159000)
Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnologie MSc (237000)
Cyber Security MSc (260000)
Cyber Security MSc (EPFL) (260100)
Data Science MSc (261000)
Informatik MSc (263000)
Doktorat Informatik (264002)
Management, Technologie und Ökonomie MSc (363000)
WartelisteBis 05.10.2022

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