Patents and Licensing Agreements
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 WS 2017/8
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 2019/20||WS 2017/8||WS 2016/7||WS 2015/6||SS 2015||WS 2014/5|
WI001071 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.
This module description is valid from WS 2014/5 to SS 2019.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|180 h||60 h||6 CP|
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
It is consists of two lectures: "Patents and trade secrets" and "Licensing".
Topics covered are:
1) Patents and trade sectres
a) 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
b) Trade Secret Law
- Economic Purposes
- License agreement: Basic Content
- Pitfalls in Licensing Projects
- Antitrust Issues
(1.) to understand the basic principles of patent law and trade secret law, and licence agreements,
(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||Trade Secrets||Ann, C.||
Mon, 09:45–11:15, 2770
|VO||2||Licensing Agreements (WI000668)||Ann, C.||
singular or moved dates
Mon, 13:15–14:45, 1402
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 patent law, trade secrets law, and of the law of licence agreements.
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.