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The Patents Instruction Manual – what you need to know in a Research Organisation

18 September, 2014 @ 08:30 - 16:00

Workshop – In co-operation with Swedish Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, European Patent Attorneys from Abel & Imray, London and Karolinska Institutet Science Park

Intellectual property is of vital importance to the life science industry, and so developing an effective patents strategy is essential to the success of research companies in this field. This workshop has been designed to provide organisations in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical technology fields, with the knowledge and practical skills so that working together with their patent attorneys, they can implement a successful patents strategy to enable them to exploit the value of the advances that they have made.

Who should attend? The workshop will be of interest to those working in the life science field, in particular those working in R&D, within business development, or people working in the legal function. Expected participants include those working for university tech transfer organisations and start-ups.

Workshop outline:

This workshop will provide participants with a practical understanding of a range of key patent issues affecting research and development companies, and help them avoid common IP problems. The workshop includes practical group exercises and case studies to emphasise key points.

Morning session: Ingredients for creating a successful patent portfolio

Starting out: What are patents, and what they can do for you; fundamentals of patentability – novelty and inventive step; patentability vs. freedom to operate (FTO); overview of the patents system; when and whether to file; impact of publication on opportunities for patenting; getting ownership right and why it matters.

What needs to go into a patent specification: Anatomy of a patent specification; what do patent claims mean considerations when deciding the scope of the claims; the role of examples/data in supporting an invention.

Patent opportunities in the pharmaceutical/biotech/medical device fields: What a patent might be available for (new chemical entities; new therapeutic uses; gene patents, antibodies and diagnostic tests; medical devices; pharmaceutical forms and compositions).

Exercise-Identifying inventions and selecting opportunities for filing: Participants will work in groups considering a number of research projects and selecting which to file a patent application on, taking into account factors such as commercial importance, ease of enforceability, invention strength and ownership/inventorship issues.

Afternoon session: Using your patent portfolio effectively

Freedom to operate: When to carry out freedom to operate (FTO) studies; practical aspects of FTO studies; options for dealing with a FTO issue.

Exploitation of Patent Rights: Using your patents; selling and licensing patents; patent information packages for negotiations with licensing partners; confidentiality and privilege.

Exercise-Evaluating patent licensing opportunities: Participants will work in groups evaluating opportunities to license in a patent portfolio covering a pharmaceutical product, taking into account factors such as freedom to operate, patent portfolio strength and opportunities for improving patent position, putting into practice the knowledge they have gained throughout the day.

Tutors: Paul Brady and Toby Thompson, European Patent Attorneys from Abel & Imray, London have brought together their knowledge of pharmaceutical and chemical patenting to devise this workshop. Paul and Toby have extensive experience of advising university tech transfer organisations, start-ups and other research companies on patent matters, and have respectively spent time working in the patents and research departments of large pharmaceutical companies.

Registration : www.lakemedelsakademin.se Early registration is recommended!

Further information: Please contact Göran Lidgren, project manager

Participation Fee: The participation fee is 3600 SEK (4500 SEK moms tax incl.). A limited Number of seats have been reserved for employees at companies within KI Science Park, the fee for this category is 400 sek (500 sek moms tax incl.). The fee includes coffee, lunch, documentation and a certificate.

Cancellation: Written cancellations with a full refund will be accepted up to August 18th. After that date our cancellation policy applies, please see our home page for details. Delegate substitutions may be made at any time up to the start of the workshop.

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18 September, 2014
08:30 - 16:00


Swedish Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences – European Patent Attorneys from Abel & Imray – KI Science Park


Karolinska Institutet Science Park, Solna
Tomtebodavägen 23a
Solna, 171 65
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