Patent law in natural sciences

Patent Law in Natural Sciences

Skills in Intellectual Property law remain the most important business skills for scientists in order to turn innovative ideas and inventions into sustainable business concepts and sustainable markets.


Dr. Tilman Breitenstein (Head of IP, BASF Belgium and Netherlands) will provide an overview of the topic "Patent law" to the participants of this seminar. The seminar is provided to young researchers, scientific staff, postdocs and university lecturers. The course is held in English. English special vocabulary is studied.

Central issues

  • Intellectual Property (IP) and its impact
  • Innovation and how to protect it
  • Trade secrets
  • German, European and international proceedings
  • What is meant with "Freedom-to-operate"?
  • How to read, write and destroy a patent?
  • German Employee Invention Act and Contracts
  • A patent attorney's job
  • Cooperation: research - development - patent division

Course description, lecturers, dates and venue


will be offered again in 2021

Key Data

  • Course language: English
  • 20 participants
  • Duration: 17 hours, four dates
  • Lecturer: Dr. T. Breitenstein
  • Course number: 80001

Deadline for registration: 
* Criteria for the allocation of places

*Criteria for allocation of course places

As a first priority, the workshop places will be awarded to doctoral students, postdocs and scientific staff of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Leibniz University Hannover (LUH). However, registrations from other faculties of the LUH and of Hannover Medical School (MHH) are also considered. Participation fees see fee list! Basically, the places are awarded in each case in the order of registration. The participants and rejected applicants receive a notification by e-mail.