NOTE: Some of the content that appears in this standalone mini-course also appears in our more comprehensive 101 course – Beyond the Science: The Business of Drug Development.
Strong patents are one of the most important aspects of a successful biotechnology company. If you haven’t been involved in patenting an invention, you may have misunderstandings about what can and what cannot be patented and what is important in a patent. Furthermore, to communicate effectively with patent lawyers, a basic understanding of patent law is necessary. Since biotechnology companies should be looking constantly to strengthen their patent positions to keep competitors at bay, you will also learn some aspects of company patent strategy.
The mini-course features both basic material and advanced material, depending on how deeply you wish to pursue a topic. In the basic part of the mini-course, you will learn about the theory of patents, patent rules and what makes for a strong patent, among other topics. In the advanced part, you will learn how to protect your intellectual property by building and maintaining patent fences and by frequent review of patent position through the company’s intellectual property committee. Finally, the mini-course will and we will explore important legal and policy issues as they relate to drug discovery and development.
- Why patents are necessary
- What can and cannot be patented?
- Patent structure
- Some patent rules: inventors, premature disclosure, first to file, full disclosure
- Provisional applications
- Kinds of patents
- What makes for a strong patent?
- Follow-on and international patents
- Building and maintaining patent fences
- Company patent reviews
- Important legal, legislative & policy issues
- Recent debate and court rulings on natural products patents
- Patent rights battle over the Crispr-Cas9 technology?
- Patent battle over the antiviral drug Sofosbuvir?
- Exclusivity period for branded biologics
Each online mini-course is equivalent to about 2-3 live classroom lectures.
Purchase of any mini-course in this series provides several resources:
- The mini-course with dozens of visuals and audios
- A mini-textbook of the mini-course material, yours to download and keep
- Several handouts to supplement both the mini-course and mini-textbook
- A Certificate of Completion for those who pass a simple exam on key points
The mini-courses feature both basic material and advanced material, depending on how deeply you wish to pursue a topic.
There are several ways to learn:
- Look and listen to get a general overview of the topic
- Study the material by stopping frequently as you go through the mini-course
- Read the mini-textbook to supplement the mini-course and to keep as a future reference
- Delve deeply into a topic by reading the handouts and accessing directly the Internet address references on your screen
- Arrange for an Office Hours session with the lecturer as an earlier adopter