Patents and Trade Secrets
This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.
Module version of SS 2012
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|WS 2018/9||WS 2016/7||SS 2016||SS 2012||WS 2011/2|
WI000810 is a semester module in German or English language at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level which is offered every semester.
This module description is valid to SS 2019.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|90 h||30 h||3 CP|
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
Topics covered are:
1) Patent Law
- Subject-matter under Protection and Prerequisites
- Proceedings before the Patent Office
- Legal Effects of a Patent
- The inventor's right to the Patent
- Assignment and Licensing
- Enforcing a Patent
- Termination of a Patent
2) Trade Secret Law
(1.) to understand the basic principles of patent law and trade secret law,
(2.) to grasp the legal framework of business activity,
(3.) to analyse legal implications of typical business situations and to identify their options,
(4.) to present the results of their analysis in a written memorandum.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Patents and Trade Secrets (WI000810, WI001071)||Ann, C.||
Mon, 13:15–14:45, 2770
Learning and Teaching Methods
Götting, Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz
Description of exams and course work
Students will be asked theoretical questions. This will demonstrate to what extent they have memorised and understood principles of the law of patents and trade secrets.
Students will also be asked to apply their knowledge to known and fictional cases. This second part demonstrates if students have developed the required legal analytical skills. Students also need to demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge to fact settings not discussed in the lecture, and to evaluate the legal consequences.
There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.