Patenting in life sciences - A hands-on workshop for PhD students and postdocs

11- 12 June 2018

A workshop organized by the Life Science Switzerland (LS2) organization & the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property

The workshop is held in the Centre Loewenberg, Murten.



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 (see Meeting program) 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.

General information

Dates :  11-12 June 2018. This a 2 day-course on site.

Schedule : see program

Location : Centre Loewenberg, Murten

ECTS : 1.0 (Communication activity)

Evaluation : Active participation

Information : updated information on the LS2 meetings website or contact the doctoral program coordinator Sara Santi

Registration fee : this course is free for PhD students enrolled in the Interuniversity doctoral program in Organismal Biology. However, after for 20 April or in case of no-show a cancellation fee of 400 CHF will be charged (no exception)

Travel expenses : participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare, 2nd class). Please send the original tickets with the reimbursement form to Sara Santi

Make sure that you sign the attendance list and take your certificate of attendance at the end of the course.


Places available only for PhD students participating in the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology: the course is full

Registration through the web only: closed

Cancellation policy : CHF 400 if registration is cancelled after 20 April or in case of no-show (no exception). For other information about registration please contact Sara Santi

Deadline: 20 April 2018