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Patenting in Biotechnology, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

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About this Course

Far too often, researchers are misinformed about the role and the possibilities arising around patents and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). In this course we will teach you what IPR are - with a special focus on patents. Also this course will look at the importance of patents in the world of biotechnology - and what you actually can patent. Should your research be protected? Can your research even be protected? There are a lot of misunderstandings about patents, so first step is to know what patents really are and how they work. Then we will introduce how and when to apply for them. Also how to find existing patents is a crucial and necessary element to being able to assess whether your research should be protected or not. The course will be divided in 7 sessions, and at the end of the course, you should be able to: - describe the different types of IPR - explain the conditions of patentability for an invention - describe the various stages involved in a patent application - search and retrieve patent information from databases - read and understand a patent - write claims related to biotechnology - understand and explain the concept of Freedom To Operate Course Materials: You will need the following book as a reading material for the course: “Patenting in Biotechnology, a laboratory manual” by Peter Ulvskov, which will be available from Also, you will need to get access from your home institution to these databases: - Derwent Innovation Index (via Web of Science) - SciFinder NB: This course is related to a 5 ECTS point course that is a mandatory requirement for access to the BioBusiness and Innovation Platform (BBIP) program at the Copenhagen Business School. NOTE: this Coursera course will NOT be sufficient for attending the BBIP program but successful completion of this course (with a Course Certificate) will be a plus for applying to the BBIP. To obtain the 5 ECTS points, you will have to enrol as a DTU Student, participate on a hands-on workshop on patent databases and pass an exam in presence of an external Censor. For more information, please email me at: Link for BBIP: (

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Feb 04, 2018

This is an excellent course. It teaches various aspects of the patent search, application and more.

By P

Mar 31, 2019

Excellent work. Course structure is very programmed and according to technology.

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By Carlos Leónidas Leiva

May 16, 2019

Excelente material para profundizar conocimiento en temáticas de Propiedad Intelectual en Biotecnología. Recomendable!

By Aleksandra Wlodek

Apr 11, 2019

I have mixed feelings about the course. Some lectures were rather good, but I am not convinced the lectures and assignments matched well. The quizzes were really good. The course completion requires plenty of access to a range of paid databases - and that is not necessary to reallt do FTO, IP or Markush-claim type work. In general, while I have not "loved" the course, but it was a good refresher of the intellectual property law and I would mention it to my colleagues and friends.

By Parbhat Saini

Mar 31, 2019

Excellent work. Course structure is very programmed and according to technology.

By Suhasini Kalyani

Mar 18, 2019

The design and content of the course is very good. It is practical, hands on and covers imposrtant aspects of patenting. But I'm giving 4 stars because the course material is based on a book (patenting in biotechnology: a laboratory manual) which is not easily available and has no e-version. I ordered the book online at the beginning of the course and got it only now, on the last day of the course - I had no use of it. Secondly they use paid databases such as derwent and scifinder for which they do not provide access. Since I did not have access to these databases I had to work around other databases explore options in free databases to do assignments. I think the course manager needs to inform students before hand about sorce material used and paid databases. It will give student sometime to prepare and/or work around or opt out.

By Danny Ward

Jan 29, 2019

A really good course if you have access to all of the required content and textbook, very comprehensive. Before you start/pay definitely make sure you have access to SciFinder and possibly Derwent (although this second one isn't essential, just helpful) as well as access to the Patenting in Biotechnology textbook they describe as some of the required assignments to pass need them.

I know so much more about biotechnology patents after taking this course, really pleased with how much I have learnt. Some of the peer-reviewed assignments were poorly explained/too difficult for the wrong reasons however.

By Alicia Podadera Herreros

Aug 13, 2018

it's a good course to be introduced in the world of patents if you don't know nothing about.

By Sergio Diez de Medina Roldan

Jul 24, 2018

Proceed with Caution

The course itself is very informative and covers very well the topics. You can say at the end of the lectures that you learned and practiced pretty much everything that is promised. Nonetheless many things are not explicit in the information about this course, such as the primary guide text is not available with the course price but it has to be bought, some of the most essential databases you see as examples are costly ones and not necessarily the University, Library or Research Institute where you can be working or studying will be available. You will listen A LOT the following words from the head professor "I TRUST YOUR HOME UNIVERSITY WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH ACCESS". This is very unpleasant especially when your last assignment depends entirely on a paid database. The course becomes complicated if you´re not studying or working in an institution with this kind of access.

By David Wong

Feb 04, 2018

This is an excellent course. It teaches various aspects of the patent search, application and more.

By Vijayaraghava reddy Mereddy

Jan 10, 2018

Easy guided course from invention to patents....

By Dr Sabuj Kumar Chaudhuri

Sep 10, 2017

Patenting in Biotechnology is an unique and innovative course delivered with good lectures. But Professors focussed primarily on patent searching instead of discussing interplay of patenting and biotechnology. Using commercial softwares (like Derwent & Scifinder ) and a particular textbook made the course a little bit challenging for the participants from the poor developing countries like India. As a whole I enjoyed the course and learned many new things. My heartfelt thanks to all Professors and the whole Team Coursera.