Patent Law and Patent Policy

What is it about?

Intellectual Property or IP; what does it mean and why would a scientist even bother to spend his or her time understanding these legal concepts? (Spoiler Alert) Intellectual property rights were created to protect the fruits of the intellectual efforts of inventors, scientists, and artists.

To whom is it addressed?

Intellectual Property is certainly not just for companies and entrepreneurs. Many academic scientists work with companies to obtain funding and to help put their results to good use. IP rights play an important role in this process. A better understanding of the dos and don’ts concerning IP helps scientists to form better and stronger partnerships with scientific colleagues from industry and the companies themselves.

How does it connect ?

This course can be taken as a core course for the Annotation Entrepreneurship or as an elective in various programs.

What is the outcome?

During the course participants will analyze and present a case in which a university spin-off is confronted with a multitude of IP issues.

Enrollment Requirements

This is a free elective course open to all master students from TU Delft and Leiden University. Please enroll through Brightspace. E-mail the module manager if you have any further questions.

Course codes/ size
TPM405 – 5 ECTS

D. Hartmann Erik Visscher
Maurits Westerik 


Dr. Dap Hartmann

Module Manager

Erik Visscher

Maurits Westerik