Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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Course Descriptions

Intellectual Property, Patents and Licensing


  • Michael Falk, J.D., M.B.A.
  • Jennifer Gottwald, Ph.D.
  • Heather Gerard, M.S.
  • Intellectual property and patent law have influenced—and been influenced by—the development and commercialization of advances in biotechnology.

    This course presents important core concepts, including intellectual property, patent law, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and patent litigation.

    You'll learn about the types of intellectual property and how they fit together to protect a product or service. You'll understand the fundamentals of licensing and technology transfer and the important role of patent examines.

    You'll also explore the unique aspects of early-stage intellectual property, including market dynamics, pricing and valuation.

    Throughout the course, you'll develop a deeper awareness of how intellectual property and its protection interact with business, finance, regulation and ethics to shape biotechnology companies.

    Here are some of the topics taught in this course:

    Session Topics from Fall 2019

    Session 1: Class Overview; Patents

    Session 2: Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets

    Session 3: Determine the Value and Commercialization Strategy for Intellectual Property

    Session 4: Examiner and Patent Searching

    Session 5: Licensing Fundamentals and Case Study

    Session 6: Patent Litigation

    Session 7: Final Team Presentations

    Question about the degree?
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    Bryan Husk
    Assistant Director
    Phone: (608) 265-0773
    Contact Bryan Husk, Assistant Director, M.S. in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison
    Class of 2021 Schedule

    Fall 2019 | Spring 2020
    Fall 2020 | Spring 2021

    Class of 2022 Schedule

    Fall 2020 | Spring 2021
    Fall 2021 | Spring 2022

    Class of 2023 Schedule

    Fall 2021 | Spring 2022
    Fall 2022 | Spring 2023

    Class of 2024 Schedule

    Fall 2022 | Spring 2023
    Fall 2023 | Spring 2024