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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property (IP) is protected in law by patents, copyright and trademarks, which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create.

Target group
Postdoctoral researcher
PhD candidate

This course provides you with an introduction to intellectual property law, with which you may come into contact as an academic.

For whom

All academics from Leiden University (including PhD candidates -LEI and LUMC- in their third or fourth year) who now or in the future not only wish to publish findings, but who also want to allow their work to be used within society.


  • Nature and function of intellectual property rights in general.
  • Intellectual property within the University in particular.
  • Patents and copyright in detail.

What you'll learn

You will learn that it is crucial to protect your ideas in the form of a patent, copyright or trademark rights when you wish to publish your findings or if you want to allow your work to be used in society. You'll learn how to organise the intellectual property for your scientific work.


In this course you will get alternate theory with practical examples so that the information is presented in a recognisable context. The course will take the form of an interactive workshop rather than a lecture on theoretical principles. 


The workload for this course amounts to 6 hours including attendance and preparation is 6 hours.

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