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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Patenting in Biotechnology by Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

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About the 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: (

Top reviews

Sep 19, 2020

Very good learning experience. I wanted to learn about patenting in biotechnology field and it is best course to do... Thankyou coursera providing such field where we can learn and enhance our skills.

Jul 18, 2020

The course is perfectly designed for patenting in the biotechnology field with detailed patent searching tools and databases. I highly recommend this course.

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By Edson P S

Jun 11, 2020

Great course, highly recommend!

By Ломунова М А

Nov 28, 2020

very good and useful course!

By Mohamad Y A G

Nov 4, 2020

Thanks from all of my heart

By Lahar k

Jul 18, 2020

fantastic course..

By Etemire C E O

Jul 15, 2020

Wonderful course

By aparupa h

Sep 26, 2020

Useful course

By Riya C

Jun 23, 2021

its awesome

By Uma M

Jul 20, 2017

Nice course

By Shankha S G B - 4

Jul 5, 2021


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By Timothy C E H

Jun 13, 2021

It's one of the most practical course on patent focus on biotech area. I know how to find and read patent documents and timelines. Hand-on aspect on patent prior-art search and freedom-to-operate (FTO) search by utilising PatentScope, Derwent and SciFinder are really helpful. The course assignments are quite changeling but really worth for the overall learning process. Unfortunately, the course was not designed for students without university or company access to commercial databases eg. Derwent and SciFinder. The course should cover alternative approach for example using Google Patent to complete those tasks.

I am not satisfy on the peer review assignment process in the course. There are serious plagiarism happen within some peer assignments and some peers simply score the assignment by not following guidelines.

By Lovro K

Aug 31, 2017

The course follows a book (listed in the resources, which is highly recommended that you buy for cca 20€, if I remember correctly) and is tought quite well, similar to a introductory undergrad curriculum. The assignments are well designed and you need to apply a bit of time and energy to finish them (but not really that much). The biggest deficit of the course is the fact that you need access to commercial databases such as Web of Science (Derwent) and SciFinder. While several Universities and public libraries do in fact offer unlimited access to these services, you should check in advance if this is in fact true for you also - in particular, the SciFinder database in many cases has limited users (e.g., only faculty staff etc) even in public institutions.

By Danny W

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 Muskan k

Apr 24, 2020

More information about unlicensed databases such as Pubchem, chemspider and more about patentscope handling. Vedios based on patentscope search .

By Sergey L

Apr 7, 2021

Some of the quiz and homework questions are from 2016 and therefore a bit obsolete. Apart from that a nice beginner's course

By Dr. R K K

Jul 28, 2020

very informative classes, Nicely delivered by all faculty


Oct 18, 2020

Easy to understand!! Loaded with knowledge:)

By Arpita P

Apr 5, 2021

Wonderful course

By Isboset G N L

Jul 15, 2017

Good insight on Intellectual properties for Chemist and Health Care Proffessionals. The communication with the peer and teachers is not that well, since nobody seems to participate on the forum.

Some of the materials are not available for everyone (hard copy) or online.

By Aracelia T

Nov 6, 2020

It has great potencial, bit it assumes that people have access to paid/university resources + it ask for a book that is sold out.

Also it should be updated ... a biotech course that is 5 years old is practically obsolete

By Liliana H

Jul 4, 2020

El curso es muy bueno pero utilizan bases de datos como Derwent y Scifinder que son privadas y los alumnos no tienen acceso. Podrían usar bases de patentes de acceso libre

By suparna k

Jun 18, 2020

Useful for learning about boolean searches and use of SCifinder.

By Shweta

Sep 17, 2020

The course was informative, but all the lectures were focused towards patent searching rather than patentability on various products in biotechnology. The assignment required access to paid data bases. Quizzes were of good quality. More lectures on various biotech patents should be part of this course.

By Peter K J

Mar 20, 2021

Textbook needed. Unavailable "everywhere". A similar titled book is available at the Danish bookstore. but sending it outside Denmark is more expensive than the book itself. The course includes vague assignments. Maybe they would be clearer where the textbook available or not needed at least for the first week. I'm not able to unenroll. Apparently you need an app for that.