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SCP7079097, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1170, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 3.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Course unit English denomination PATENTS, RULES AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY

Teacher in charge STEFANO MARETTO
Other lecturers MARCO FACHINI

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 3.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 30 45.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Basic science and chemistry knowledge.
Target skills and knowledge: Patents:
Appreciate the importance of intellectual property rights
Read a patent (application) and understand its scope of protection
Have a basic knowledge of the patenting process
Perform simple searches in public databases

Product development:
Providing students with the basic understanding of the way (chemical) companies operate.
The product development process is exploited to illustrate key steps, involved functions, critical interfaces and required skills.

- EU Regulations REACH and CLP.
Examination methods: Written exam formed by multiple choice test on subjects discussed in class.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be based on a multiple choice written test so to assess the understanding and proper acquisition of theoretical concepts for the purposes of an autonomous application thereof.
Course unit contents: Patents:
1. Intellectual property rights
- importance and general concepts
- patents and other intellectual property rights
- the Paris convention
2. Patentability
- novelty, inventive step and industrial application
- sufficiency of disclosure, unity, scope of protection, exceptions and exemptions
3. The patent application
- description, claims and drawings
- a case study
- the patent cooperation treaty (PCT)
4. The European procedure
- the European patent convention
- the patent attorney profession
- the TRIPs agreement
5. The database searches
- Espacenet, EP register, Patentscope
- tutorial with computer/tablet

Product development:
1- Introduction
- Ground rules
- Overview – course of action of product development
- Chemical industry – raw materials and finished products
2- Company structure
- Overview of functions and interfaces
3- Idea generation
- Structure of product concept
- Generating ideas – brainstorming methods and lateral thinking
- Selling ideas to marketing – persuasive selling
- Assessment of technical feasibility
4- Product development
- Project definition
- Project planning – Critical Path Schedule
- Building and managing a team
- Handling conflicts
- Role of the project leader
- Communication skills
- Connecting with people
- Managing stakeholders
- Effective presentations
- Effective meetings
- Project delivery
- Lab and pilot scale
- Full scale – capital expenditure and return on investment
- Cost analysis
- Profit and loss document
- Market research
- Qualitative and quantitative testing
- Risk analysis
5- Launch phase
- Creating the product dossier
- Hand-over to production department
- Post launch review

REACH and CLP Regulations:
- The European Regulations EC 1907/2006 REACH and EC 1272/2008 CLP. Application, problems and opportunities for the modern chemist;
- Identification of chemicals under REACH and CLP.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classroom lectures based on powerpoint presentations; analysis of case studies and exercises.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Course contents available for download from the course web page – pdf format.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Questioning

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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