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Patenting in Life Sciences & Chemistry


12-13 June 2023


Dr. Adela Calvente (LS2 Scientific Officer)
Dr. David Spichiger (SCS Executive Director)
Prof. Heinz Mueller (Clinical Biochemistry, University of Basel & former Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, Bern)




This Activity is organized by Life Science Switzerland, The Swiss Chemical Society, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property with the support of the Swiss Academy of Science (SCNAT).

The CUSO Programs in Molecular Plant Science, Ecology and Evolution and StarOmics have booked 8 places for their members.

Whether you plan an academic research career, a move into the pharmaceutical or biotech industries or a switch to a research support role, there is a high chance that you will be confronted with questions related to intellectual property and patenting. Over the last decades, life sciences have become a productive source of technological innovation, leading to commercial products and new markets. Along with this ongoing development, issues in intellectual property are becoming more and more important for researchers in biosciences. To help you to prepare for this challenge, we organize a course dedicated to patents and their implementation in the field of life sciences.


At the end of this two-day workshop, you will master basic knowledge in intellectual property and will have answers to the following questions: How does patenting in life sciences affect – my career? – academic research? – the society?


The course consists of a series of lectures on intellectual property protection and patent law, challenges related to intellectual property in an academic environment and in a spin-off company and ethical considerations. You will also discover new job opportunities in the field of intellectual property management. Importantly, you will have the opportunity to participate in workshops where you can gain hands on experiences in the topics described.




Monday June 12 - Tuesday June 13



Centre Loewenberg, Murten


Reimbursements for CUSO MPS Students: 
Train ticket, 2°class, half-fare from your institution to the place of the activity.

Reimbursement of your travel tickets can be asked online through your MyCUSO. 
See HERE for the procedure. 
For any question concerning reimbursement please contact the CUSO MPS coordinator Debora Zoia



8 places for CUSO students (2 MPS / 2 StarOmics / 4 Ecology&Evolution)
First comefirst served! 

Deadline for registration: 1 February 2023
Priority is given to CUSO Students until February 1, 2023.



The course is free for CUSO students.
The course will cost to the CUSO 400 CHF per participant (accomodation in double room).
Cancelation fees: for cancellations after the deadline of registration (1 Febriary 2023), participants will be charged of the total price of their registration fee (i.e. 400 CHF).



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