The Patent Summer School

Patents are the most valuable assets of any innovative organisatoin. It is vital to the success and wellbeing of a company that its staff understand the principles, procedures and practices involved in obtaining, challenging, defending and exploiting patents.

Course Overview

A COMPREHENSIVE FOUNDATION COURSE FOR EVERYONE WORKING WITH PATENTS

At this course you will learn

  • Basic concepts of intellectual property
  • The fundamentals of patent law
  • Patent protection method
  • Global patent systems/protection process
  • Patent searching and information
  • Third party considerations, timing and actions
  • Patent litigation
  • Patents – commercial implications
  • Creation of an IP portfolio of value
  • IP strategy
  • Lectures will be illustrated by practical examples, discussion and case studies

Who should attend

  • Patent Managers
  • Patent Engineers
  • Members of corporate legal departments
  • Members of corporate IP departments
  • Members of university research/innovation departments
  • SME managers
  • Portfolio managers
  • Everyone wanting a comprehensive introduction to patents

Programme - Day one

BASIC CONCEPTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
  • What is IP?
  • Types of IP
  • IP in a typical consumer product
  • What is a patent?
THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PATENT LAW
  • Novelty
  • Inventive step
  • Identification of inventions
  • Unity of invention and divisional applications
  • The patent specification
  • The claims
  • Special claims for products – pharmaceutical and biotech claims

CASE STUDIES

PATENT PROTECTION METHOD
  • Drafting
  • Preparing claims
  • Filings
  • Publication
  • Examination
  • Grant and effect
  • Corporate record keeping

PRACTICAL EXERCISE & DISCUSSION

GLOBAL PATENT SYSTEMS/ PROTECTION PROCESS
  • The Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • The European Patent Convention
  • USA
  • Japan
  • India
  • China
  • Amending claims and disclaimers
  • The proposed Unitary European Patent and Patent Court

Programme - Day two

PATENT SEARCHING & INFORMATION
  • Patents as sources of technical information
  • Patents for patentability searching
  • Patents for Freedom to Operate searching
THIRD PARTY CONSIDERATIONS, TIMING AND ACTIONS
  • Why bother?
  • What is required – New projects – Emerging patenting
  • Who is responsible?
  • Defensive options – Oppositions – Opinions – Litigation
  • National implications around the world

PRACTICAL CASE STUDY

PATENT LITIGATION
  • When and how do you enforce or defend against a patent?
  • Licensing, using joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Why are patents litigated?
  • Patent infringement actions
  • Dealing with disputes other than by litigation, e.g. arbitration
  • Key litigation differences between jurisdictions, such as US and Europe

LITIGATION CASE STUDY

Programme - Day three

PATENTSCOMMERCIAL IMPLICATIONS This session will review key aspects of patents and look at their commercial value and impact
  • Limits of claims – interpretation
  • What is infringement?
  • Impact on potential infringers
  • Exemptions from infringement – ‘Research Use’
  • Competitor patents – options to stay free to operate

Business impact – some case studies

CREATION OF AN IP PORTFOLIO OF VALUE
  • How to integrate the creative and commercial sides of ‘the business’
  • Protect IP by the creation of an IP portfolio encompassing Know how
    • Confidentiality – Patents – Design rights – Trade Marks – Branding – Technology transfer
  • Ensure that risks and threats posed by Third Party IP are known and understood
  • Corporate IP policy and structure
  • Decision makers
  • Management for success
  • Cost forecasting & control
IP STRATEGY
  • What is an IP strategy?
  • What are the benefits of a good IP strategy?
  • How is the strategy developed?
The ingredients needed for implementation
  • What can go wrong

GROUP EXERCISES

PLENARY SESSION

Meeting Times

13 July 2015

09.00 – Registration & Coffee
09.30 – Course Start
17.30 – Course Finish
19.30 – Conference Dinner

14 July 2015

09.00 – Course Start
17.30 – Course Finish

15 July 2015

09.00 – Course Start
16.30 – Course Finish

Why you should attend

Patents are the most valuable assets of any innovative organisation. It is vital to the success and commercial well-being of a company that its staff understand the principles, procedures and practices involved in obtaining, challenging, defending and exploiting patents.
  • With practical illustrations, this course will outline the basic concepts of intellectual property
  • It will provide a basic understanding of the various international patent systems and how they are used
  • It will clarify the importance and relevance of patent searching and information
  • It will explain the complexities of defending a patent through litigation, and the major theatres of jurisdiction
  • It will suggest alternatives to litigation, including licensing
  • It will advise on IP strategy and the management of a global

Book now

We do not currently have dates confirmed for this course; please contact us to be informed when it is scheduled; or to discuss running this course on an in-house basis for your staff.

Previous customers include...

  • Burnblock ApS
  • Elanco Animal Health
  • ETH Zurich
  • European Seed Association
  • Ferring Controlled Therapeutics (Scotland) Ltd
  • Haseltine Lake
  • Infarmed
  • Karo Pharma AB
  • King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology
  • Mawhiba
  • Microsoft Mobile Oy
  • Myelo Therapeutics
  • Nestle S.A.
  • Nissan Technical Centre Europe
  • NOKIA NETWORKS
  • Nutricia Research BV
  • NV Procter & Gamble Services Company SA
  • Philips International BV IP & S
  • Raul Cesar Ferreira (Herd) SA
  • RWS Information Ltd
  • SAB Miller Plc
  • Sandvik Hard Materials
  • Sisvel SpA
  • Sony Europe Ltd
  • STRATAGEM IPM LTD
  • Synthon Biopharmaceuticals BV
  • Total Research & Technology Feluy SA
  • u-blox AG
  • United Biscuits (UK) Ltd
  • Valneva Austria GmbH