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CIP060 - Patent engineering and creative IP design
Owner: ENTRE
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: C

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0104 Laboratory 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c    

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ENTRE Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship - Intellectual Capital Management Program, Year 1 (compulsory)


Professor  Ulf Petrusson


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Only student granted access to the 1,5 year program (60 credits) in Intellectual Capital Management (ICM) are admitted to the course. This is because the course is strongly linked to the program's integrated action- and simulation-based pedagogy. For more information see


The objective of this course is for the student to gain practical, "hands on" experience, as well as in-depth theoretical knowledge of how patents are used to design innovations by defining and claiming control over technical invetions. Emphasis is put on the creative element of the IP (Intellectual Property) design and engineering process.


The course is built around a simulated business environment based on role-play pedagogy, where the students actually construct IP and IP strategies. The course is divided into two interrelated simulations: (1) Patent Lab and (2) Creative IP Design Lab. The objective in these simulations is accomplished by giving the student a holistic picture of the role patenting plays in the innovation process and then allowing the students to practice their skills in both a virtual and a real-life setting. This includes training on the design, claiming, protection, exploitation, enforcement, and management of patentable technology and other complementary IP.

- The patent concept
- Patentability of innovations
- A system of pre-examination
- Patent Agent relationships
- How to define an innovation from different perspectives, especially from the R&D and commercial market point of view
- Patent claim design - creating a patent application suited to its purpose
- Patent-portfolio building
- Secrecy-strategies to ensure patentabililty of innovations
- Strategies for choice of patent organisation and geographical territory
- Strategies for industrial intelligence and behaviour in the system of pre-examination
- Organisation of a patent-strategy department
- Licensing of patented technology
- Valuation of patented technology
- Patent litigation strategies


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The literature to be decided upon the start of the course.


Students are graded on their individual and group performance in the simulations.

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