Patent Law in Academia Info Course Spring 2014

Patent Law in Academia Info Course

While most scientists receive excellent training on how to conduct basic research, the job of a scientist, particularly at the level of university faculty, often requires many skills beyond the bench. One task a scientist may face during their career is how to manage a potentially patentable idea or discovery. This Info Course will provide a look into the process of obtaining a patent from the perspective of a principal investigator at a university. We will address many questions including what is a patent? and what ideas are worth patenting? We will also describe the patent process from the perspective of both the faculty member and the university.

Nanocourse Director: Dr. Fred Winston

Curriculum Fellow: Emily Gleason


  • Anne I. Craig, Director of Intellectual Property, Office of Technology Development, Harvard University
  • Dr. George Church, Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics, Harvard
  • Dr. Grant Zimmermann, Director of Business Development, Office of Technology Development, Harvard University.

 Session Dates and Times

Session 1: Tuesday, March 11th from 9:30 am – 1 pm
Location: Goldenson Building, Rm. 122

Note: This session is open to the Harvard community, there is no need to register to attend session 1 of this course. 

Session 2:  Monday March 24th from 9:30 am – 12 pm
Location: New Research Building, Rm. 354

Note: This session of the course is for registered students and Postdocs only. Students and postdocs attending this session will need to complete the assignment in order to attend.

Assignment: TBD

Helpful Links: 

Harvard Office of Technology Development Website:

Eligibility Guidance Quick Reference Sheet:

Questions? Please contact Emily Gleason (  

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DROP DEADLINE: Tuesday, March 4, 2014