Patent process: How to file a patent - practical hands-on knowledge for junior researchers


  • Datum: 28.09.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 09:00 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Dr. Klaus Schweitzer
  • Partner of Plate Schweitzer Zounek, Wiesbaden
  • Ort: Max-Planck-Institut für Mikrostrukturphysik, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle (Saale)
  • Raum: Lecture Hall, B.1.11
  • Gastgeber: IMPRS-STNS
 Patent process: How to file a patent - practical hands-on knowledge for junior researchers

Patents are a hybrid between a scientific description and a legal document. Successful patents meet both requirements, the scientific and the legal. As a doctoral student or an early-stage researcher, however, one usually has little experience with the legal aspects of a patent. With this tutorial we would like to offer you hands-on experience in order to learn how to file better patent applications. Therefore, we will have a look at the role of patents in innovation and research and the conditions an invention has to meet in order to become a patent.

Main topics of the course are:

  • What is a patent?
  • What makes a good patent /valuable patent?
  • Discussion of the main parts of a patent
  • Prior art
  • Body, claims
  • Where to file a patent and related costs

Dr. Klaus Schweitzer is a German and European Patent Attorney and is managing Partner of Plate Schweitzer Zounek in Wiesbaden. He studied Chemistry and obtained a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Cologne. He worked for 13 years in the Patent Department of Hoechst AG. In 1991 he joined the Intellectual Property Department of Hoechst Celanese Corp. (U.S.A.) to gain experience in Licensing and US-Litigation. In 1993 he took the U.S. Patent Bar to obtain limited recognition to prosecute patent applications before the U.S. Patent Office. He has expertise in coaching IP Departments of big and mid-sized Companies in the areas of IP Strategies and “IP Awareness”.

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