The course on patent law gives an introduction to the topics that are essential for a patent law practitioner today. The course will be taught in 10 classes of 3 hours in the first semester.
The class topics are as follows (slight amendments are possible):
– Patentable subject matter
– Patentability of biotechnological inventions
– Validity: Novelty
– Validity: Inventive step, industrial application, sufficiency, added matter
– Direct infringement, literal and by equivalence
– Indirect infringement
– Defences to infringement
– Procedural aspects: application, grant, challenge and enforcement
– Licensing issues: Technology transfer and the FRAND saga
– Supplementary protection certificates and pediatric extensions
– The Unitary Patent
– Review and questions
In addition to the 10 classes on patent law, there will be 15 hours of practical classes with exercises that familiarise students with the practical application of the legal principles of patent law.