Tools to facilitate IP teaching Patent teaching kit

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Tools to facilitate IP teaching: Patent teaching kit and IP curriculum Christoph Bruhn European

Tools to facilitate IP teaching: Patent teaching kit and IP curriculum Christoph Bruhn European Patent Academy Prague, 2 December 2009

European Patent Academy • • Institution of the European Patent Organisation Mission to promote

European Patent Academy • • Institution of the European Patent Organisation Mission to promote and support education and training in patent-related Intellectual Property (IP) Units targeting at – National IP institutions – Industry and business advisors – Professional Representatives – Judges – Universities Unit Academia & IP research

Academia & IP research • • Dissemination of IP knowledge in European universities Activities

Academia & IP research • • Dissemination of IP knowledge in European universities Activities – Creating IP awareness in universities – Activating initiatives for IP education and building of IP related infrastructures at universities – Supporting IP education activities in universities on a European level – Providing specific patent-related training for academic audiences – Developing teaching material and educational tools

IP teaching for students - motivation • Awareness of IP in their day-to-day environment

IP teaching for students - motivation • Awareness of IP in their day-to-day environment • Understanding importance and value of IP they create • Understanding opportunities and risks of IP they use and create • Understanding importance and scope of application of IP rights • Knowing how to use patent information • Relevance of IP during studies, research work and in the job

Current situation in universities of most of the European countries • • Limited awareness

Current situation in universities of most of the European countries • • Limited awareness of IP among students No or insufficient offer of IP education programmes in non-law faculties General recognition of importance of IP among university stakeholders Limited expertise and resources for IP teaching, especially in non-law faculties

Development of teaching material and educational tools Two projects: • As a first step:

Development of teaching material and educational tools Two projects: • As a first step: development of standard teaching material to provide basic knowledge about patent-related IP: Patent Teaching Kit • As a second step: development of a standard modular curriculum for IP teaching, covering broad spectrum of IP-related issues: IP Curriculum General objective: • Standard for use in most of the universities of all European member states

Patent teaching kit - requirements • Self-explanatory teaching material • Targeting at all students

Patent teaching kit - requirements • Self-explanatory teaching material • Targeting at all students in. . . – science & engineering – economics and – law • Basic lecture of 45/90 minutes, extendable to include specific topics • Usable by teachers from the respective faculties, e. g. professors of mechanical engineering, of chemistry, of entrepreneurship, … • Limited preparation time

Self-explanatory teaching material • • Power. Point presentations Presentation notes allocated to each slide

Self-explanatory teaching material • • Power. Point presentations Presentation notes allocated to each slide • • • Textbook detailed background information allocated to each slide links and sources for further reading material

Slides and allocated presentation notes

Slides and allocated presentation notes

Textbook

Textbook

Textbook

Textbook

Patent teaching kit - structure Universal, easy-to-understand core teaching kits: • for non-law faculties:

Patent teaching kit - structure Universal, easy-to-understand core teaching kits: • for non-law faculties: – awareness of the opportunities (and risks) of the patent system – practical knowledge on what to do with an invention, how to patent, how to use the patent • for law faculty: – basic features of patent law – post-grant issues Additional teaching modules for specific topics: • Patent information • Understanding patent claims • Case study: patent strategy for exploitation of research results

Core Teaching Kit 1: "Protect your ideas - an introduction for science, engineering and

Core Teaching Kit 1: "Protect your ideas - an introduction for science, engineering and business students" • Introduction to intellectual property rights • Basic facts about patents • Essentials on patent filing • To patent or not to patent? • Patents - source of technical information

Core Teaching Kit 2: "How patents work - an introduction for law students" •

Core Teaching Kit 2: "How patents work - an introduction for law students" • Introduction to intellectual property rights • Patentability requirements • Issues of ownership • Disclosure requirement • Infringement and litigation • Commercialising patents

Additional modules • Sub-module A: Searching for patents - how to use patent information

Additional modules • Sub-module A: Searching for patents - how to use patent information • Sub-module B: Understanding patent claims • Sub-module C: Case study: The use of patents by a university spin-off

Train the trainer workshops Non-IPexpert teachers EPA IP-expert teachers Students Implementation

Train the trainer workshops Non-IPexpert teachers EPA IP-expert teachers Students Implementation

Distribution You can download and order the Patent Teaching Kit free of charge from

Distribution You can download and order the Patent Teaching Kit free of charge from ww. epo. org/teaching-kit

IP curriculum - goals • Orientation/guide for introducing IP teaching for students in universities

IP curriculum - goals • Orientation/guide for introducing IP teaching for students in universities • Detailed list of teaching topics and learning objectives • Broad spectrum of IP-related topics of relevance • All levels (pre-graduate/bachelor and post-graduate/master/doctorate) • All faculties, in particular, engineering & sciences; economics & management; law • Standard for use in many universities across the 35 member states of the European Patent Organisation

IP curriculum - requirements • Flexibility for use and adaptation in/to different – universities

IP curriculum - requirements • Flexibility for use and adaptation in/to different – universities – faculties – levels of studies • Modular structure, e. g. – Basic modules ("basic/minimum/general" knowledge) – faculty-specific modules – Advanced (specialised in-depth learning) • Composition of tailored IP training courses/programmes (university's/teacher's/student's choice) • Interdisciplinary learning!

IP curriculum - coverage • Broad spectrum of IP rights and other (informal) means

IP curriculum - coverage • Broad spectrum of IP rights and other (informal) means of protecting intellectual assets • Relevant areas of IP management • Interfaces with Innovation and R&D management • Aspects of enforcement & litigation • Using patent information

IP curriculum - preparation • Consideration of existing curricula • Compatibility with appropriate existing

IP curriculum - preparation • Consideration of existing curricula • Compatibility with appropriate existing teaching material • Information per module – target group/motivation – learning objectives – detailed content description – training methods, further readings – orientation for allocation of credits

Status/planning • Development in 2009 • Delivery of IP curriculum end of 2009/early 2010

Status/planning • Development in 2009 • Delivery of IP curriculum end of 2009/early 2010 Next steps • Allocation, adaptation and complementation of (existing) teaching material • Building of teacher network

Thank you for your attention! cbruhn@epo. org

Thank you for your attention! [email protected] org