Patenting in life sciences: a hand on workshops

11- 12 June 2012

A workshop organized by the forum for genetic research, platform of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, SCNAT

The workshop is held in the Centre Loewenberg, Murten.



Over the last decades the field of life sciences has raised to a productive source of technological innovation. Its output is at the origin of a growing amount of commercial products and potential markets. Along with this economic development, issues in intellectual property have become important to researchers in biosciences. During their career they are more and more confronted to questions related to patenting and are, by the majority, rather unprepared to handle the situation professionally.

The goal of the course is to provide the students with basic information and hands on experience in the management of patenting issues.

At the end of the course, the students will master basic knowledge in patenting and will have answers to the following questions:

How does patenting in life sciences affect - my career? - academic research? - the society?


The lectures will gather inputs related to the following topics:

  • basic knowledge on intellectual property and patenting
  • patent law
  • challenges related to intellectual property in a spin-off company and ethical considerations in patenting.

In addition, the participants will be offered to discover new job opportunities in the field of intellectual property management.

Subsequently the attendees will participate in workshops, where they will gain hands on experience in the topics described.

General information

Dates :  11-12 June 2012. This a 2 day-course on site.

Schedule : see program

Location : Centre Loewenberg , Murten

Credit points : 1.0 credit point (Communication)

Evaluation : Active participation

Information : updated information on genetic research web site or the doctoral program coordinator Dr Christiane Bobillier

Registration fee : this course is free. But as we have to pay for each registered participant CHF 370, the cancellation fee after 30 April or no show up will be charged CHF 350 (no exception)

Travel expenses : participants of the  Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (University of Neuchâtel) are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). 


Please send the original tickets with the reimbursement form  to Dr. Christiane Bobillier.  No reimbursement for GA, bus, taxi or car travel expenses will be paid.


Places available only for PhD students participating in the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology: 4

Registration through the web only: closed. You may contact directly the forum for genetic research to see if places are still available.

Cancellation policy : CHF 350 if registration is cancelled after 30 April or if no show up at the course.

Deadline: 30 April 2012