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Patent law in natural sciences

Patent Law in the 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.



The seminar offers a basic introduction to the field of patents and also provides insights into the opportunities for scientists to enter the profession of a patent attorney. Using current practical examples Dr. Tilman Breitenstein (Lead IP Counsel Nutrition and Health BASF SE, Ludwigshafen) gives an overview of the topic of patent law and engages in discussion with the participants. The seminar is provided to master students, young researchers, scientific staff, postdocs and university lecturers. The course is held in English. English special vocabulary is studied. The seminar will finish with a final online test.

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

Key data

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

Criteria for the allocation of places


03.03. + 10.03. + 17.03. + 24.03.23

Registration deadline: extended until 16.02.2023

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. Basically, the places are awarded in each case in the order of registration. The participants and rejected applicants receive a notification by e-mail.