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Understand how effective IP strategies, company structures, patent law and legal concepts help you make an impact
About this course
Managing the legal and commercial aspects of launching a new technology or service is a key part of making a successful impact with your innovative ideas. But whereas large commercial or industrial organisations have the production, distribution, marketing and legal operations in place to manage these processes, researchers from academies, start-ups and small companies very rarely do.
This course is designed to overcome this challenge. It introduces researchers to the legal and economic challenges around innovation, with a particular focus on issues related to patents in Europe. You will explore the various strategies for managing intellectual property rights, as well as the company structures and licencing mechanisms that can be used to create value from your work.
Is this course for you?
This course is most suited to
- Researchers in start-ups or other small companies
- PhD candidates and academic researchers (30% discount)
How does the course boost your career?
This course will enable you to:
- Understand today’s intellectual property landscape and develop effective IP strategies
- Make informed decisions when it comes to negotiating future research funding
- Understand how intellectual property rights and patents contribute to business goals
- Gain insight into the legal and economic challenges around innovation, with a particular focus on issues related to patents in Europe
- Explore strategies for managing IP rights, as well as the company structures and licencing mechanisms that can be used to create value from your work
- Recognise different company structures – such as a limited liability company – and evaluate the chances of securing a patent for your technical ideas
Teaching methods and materials
The course combines distance and face-to-face learning, and gives you the opportunity to analyse today’s intellectual property landscape using examples, actual cases and key reading materials.
There are three web seminars, each lasting three hours:
Each seminar requires 1-2 days of reading and preparation. You will be able to ask legal and business questions on a given issue and discuss prepared materials with your colleagues and course leaders in these interactive, lively debates.
Face-to-face learning takes place from 24-26 April 2018 at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Concepts discussed during the online seminars are complemented by lectures on key subjects, as well as testimonials from guest speakers, and a panel discussion on topics chosen by you. Here you will also have the opportunity to meet professionals from the intellectual property, innovation and technology transfer sectors.
As part of the evaluation of the course, you will present your own paper on IP strategy for your own research area or an analysis of a particular topic covered in the course. Finally, you will put your litigation and negotiation skills into practice, by participating in a mock trial and representing either the claimant or the defendant, or acting as judge or mediator.
What will I learn?
You will gain the necessary skills and insight to handle legal issues that academic/small companies innovators typically face, and apply the legal concept and practice to your own area of study and experience.
- An introduction to intellectual property and the basics of patents
- Use of patent information and patent filing strategies
- Copyright for articles and books; software; databases; and the internet.
- Understanding and negotiating agreements related to research funding
- Licences, grants, royalties, terminations and invalid patents; and trade secrets
- European company law
- Financial reporting and basic tax law concepts
Who is teaching the course?
Bengt Domeij, professor of law, Uppsala University.
Stojan Arnerstål, associate professor of law, Uppsala University
Mats Nordenborg, lawyer, Swedish Patent Office
Ann-Sofie Åhlander, patent attorney, InnoEnergy
Johan Asker, lawyer, Uppsala University
Martin Holmberg, patent attorney, Kransell Wennborg law firm