2023-2024 / BIOL0033-1

From the laboratory to the private sector


20h Th, 20h AUTR

Number of credits

 Master in biochemistry and molecular and cell biology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Jérémie Fays, Philippe Hubert, Fabienne Piron, Catherine Sadzot, Benoît Van Driessche, Joëlle Widart


Catherine Sadzot

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Quality :

  • Introduction: why a quality approach in the laboratory?
  • The main quality assurance tools
  • Standards applicable to laboratories
  • A few examples
Introduction to Intellectual Property :

The Introduction to Intellectual Property (IP) course aims to introduce students to the rules of Intellectual Property, their importance and how to put them into practice.
More specifically, the introduction to Intellectual Property includes:

  • Intellectual property, copyright, trademarks and other distinctive signs, plant breeders' rights, designs and models, trade secrets, patents, utility models, supplementary protection certificates.
  • The conditions for patentability, with particular reference to patentability in life sciences.
  • The different types of patent procedure: national, regional and international.
  • Choosing the right patent strategy, stages in the patent procedure and time constraints, priority rights.
  • The importance of the lab notebook and results management in relation to the intellectual protection strategy. Importance of confidentiality management.
  • Transactions involving IP: licence/assignment: definition, types, returns.
  • Freedom of exploitation and infringement: definition, types, examples.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Quality :

Understanding what a quality standard is and how a laboratory is recognised.

Introduction to Intellectual Property :

  • Understanding what Intellectual Property is and its importance.
  • Knowing what is patentable in the life sciences and being able to detect a potentially patentable invention.
  • Using patent information in research.
  • Managing intellectual protection and confidentiality in research.
  • Knowing the different Intellectual Protection strategies.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The pre-requisite or corequisite units are presented within each programme.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Quality :

  • Lecture illustrated with examples
  • Face-to-face course and online course (video and activities)
Introduction to Intellectual Property :

  • Course excathedra
  • Practical exercises using case studies

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

Quality :

Combination of face-to-face and distance learning activities: Introductory lesson followed by an online course. At the end of the module, a "feedback" session confirms what has been learnt.

Introduction to Intellectual Property :


Recommended or required readings


Powerpoint presentations and various documents made available to students on the eCampus platform.

Students will be given access to the ISO 17025 platform.

Introduction to Intellectual Property:

PWPs and various documents will be made available to students on the eCampus platform.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

This module will be graded on the basis of the marks obtained in the Quality section (face-to-face written examination - MCQ) and the marks obtained in the Introduction to Quality section (mark for the assignment or written examination), with each section accounting for 50% of the points.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Practical and/or practical work is compulsory. The concepts covered are likely to form part of the assessment. Any absence must be justified and, where appropriate, students are required to put their work in order. If a report is required, it must be completed even in the event of absence.


The supervisors are available (outside holiday periods) to answer your questions: either during the lessons/workshop sessions given as part of this module, or by e-mail.

Module coordination :

Catherine SADZOT


04/366 24 45


Quality :

Prof. Philippe HUBERT

Dr. Joëlle WIDART (jwidart@uliege.be )

Introduction to Intellectual Property :

Fabienne PIRON (F.Piron@uliege.be)

Jérémie FAYS (j.fays@uliege.be)

Benoit Van DRIESSCHE: (Benoit.vandriessche@reseaulieu.be)

Association of one or more MOOCs

There is no MOOC associated with this course.