Patent Law in Life Sciences and Chemistry

In co-operation with the Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Do you believe patents only belong to industry, but are irrelevant to acade-mia? You better think twice and join the highly relevant course “Patent Law in Life Sciences and Chemistry” or risk missing out on additional publications, breaking-edge scientific knowledge, extra money and exciting career options.

If you are already interested in patents and don’t need any further conviction, please join us learning the basics of patent law and how you could benefit from the patent system. Hear more about why nearly every country in the world has a patent system, what it takes to get a patent granted and what your rights and duties as an employee inventor are.

Contact | Registration

Questions? Contact us:
Phone:  +49 (0) 6221 487 8062
E-mail: fernstudium@springer.com .

Register now!

Do you want to dig deeper into the patent world?

Join our three-part Vitero-online classroom series with the following topics:

Online series 1:

What can be patented, what not and why? What are the special restriction with regard to biotechnological inventions? – Get ideas for what could be your first (or next?) patent!

Online series 2:

From the cradle to the grave – life and death of a patent application. Learn how to nurture your application during priority year, see it developing during international and national phase until maturation to a granted patent and its eventual death upon expiration of the patent term (or after an opposition).

Online series 3:

Do I own my invention? And if not me – who else and why? Learn more about your obligations as an employee and the benefits you get from the German Employee Invention Act.

Actual dates | Costs

Next dates: autumn 2019

How much does it cost to participate in this course?

​​​​​​​Online series 1-3: introductory price € 120,-, thereafter € 150,- Prices plus VAT. 

Number of participants: max. 40.

Course instructor

Sonja Vorwerk studied biology in Bochum and did her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne. After a post-doc at the Carnegie Institution in Stanford/USA and various positions at a small biotech company she is now VP Intellectual Property Management in a pharmaceutical company. She is a European patent attorney since 2013.


PhDs;  r&d professionals (chemistry, life sciences, biomedicine); master students; laboratory assistants and technicians.

Vitero Virtual Classroom

E-learning and virtual classrooms are gaining in popularity. The advantages of virtual learning are self-evident – above all, the time and travel cost it saves.

With vitero, we’ve now set up a modern, virtual classroom for our course “Patent Law in Life Sciences and Chemistry”. As a result, you can take part in practice-oriented, high-quality live course online.

 Advantages for you as a participant / student:

-          Flexibility: You can learn flexibly, from wherever you like. Take part in the course from the comfort of your own home.

-          Intuitive controls and quick start-up: Thanks to the Fraunhofer-tested ergonomics you’ll quickly find your way in the virtual space; the one-of-a-kind, patented user interface is oriented on real-world features. In other words, you’ll be sitting together with your course instructor  and other participants – just like you would in real life – around a large table, which, depending on the respective classroom, can also function as a whiteboard, pin board, video projection screen or projection surface for software and multimedia.

-          Learning and working together: Thanks to our virtual classroom, you don’t have to learn on your own, despite the physical distance between you and the other participants; all participants are represented by avatars with their photograph, can interact by “raising their hand,” write down their answers to questions on virtual index cards, view documents and work on them together. The various collaboration and communication options create a “personal” atmosphere and sense of closeness to your instructor and fellow students.

-          Advanced online didactics: In the virtual classroom, tried and tested forms of learning and methods from the real world can be identically applied online. The available interactive and electronic learning options have a significant positive effect on motivation. For example, the outcomes of a given course can be visualized and recorded during class time – which also reduces the amount of follow-up work, since the outcomes are already available in digital form.

-          Never miss an online series: Upon request, the series can be recorded as videos, giving you the option of going over specific questions or topics again, or catching up on a series you were unable to attend.

-          Intensive support: You’ll receive comprehensive support from the Springer Campus Team.

Cooperation partner

Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (HBIGS)

logo_hbigs_180pxThe Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (HBIGS) was founded in October 2007. The vision of the Graduate School is to attract the best and brightest doctoral researchers from around the world to pursue doctoral studies at Heidelberg University by offering excellent research opportunities and comprehensive academic and complementary training in a vibrant and stimulating scientific environment.

The focus of the Graduate School on molecular and cellular biology takes into account that molecular and cellular biology provides the conceptual and technological foundation on which most other fields, sub-disciplines and specialized areas of life and biosciences rest - from structural biology to bioinformatics, from molecular medicine to biotechnology, and from immunology to systems biology.

More information: http://www.hbigs.uni-heidelberg.de/

Zertifikatskurse in Fachgebieten:

Business | Management | Personal       Pharma | Life Sciences       Chemie