Intellectual Property in the Healthcare Industry

University of Pennsylvania

This comprehensive course delves into the intersection of intellectual property law and the healthcare industry, offering valuable insights into the complex landscape of patents, trademarks, and genetic material ownership. Through a series of engaging modules, participants will gain a deep understanding of the unique IP rules and regulations that govern the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors in the United States.

Key areas covered in this course include:

  • Overview of general intellectual property law in the U.S.
  • Impact of policy choices on major players in the healthcare industry
  • Examination of patents and trademarks in shaping the behavior of pharmaceutical companies
  • Resolution of complex issues involving medical research and ownership of genetic information
  • In-depth case studies of international pharmaceutical companies, major medical device companies, and emerging DNA-testing startups

This course, offered by the University of Pennsylvania, is ideal for professionals and students seeking to expand their knowledge of intellectual property laws within the healthcare domain.

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Intellectual Property in the Healthcare Industry
Course Modules

This course comprises four modules that cover a wide array of topics, including existing intellectual property protection in the U.S., the philosophical and economic justifications of IP rights, special intellectual property rules for healthcare, and case studies in intellectual property.

Existing Intellectual Property Protection in the U.S.

This module offers a comprehensive introduction to existing intellectual property protection in the U.S. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other regimes, as well as the unique challenges and benefits associated with each form of protection.

Philosophical and Economic Justifications of IP Rights

Explore the philosophical and economic justifications behind intellectual property rights in this module. Delve into the mechanisms of IP rights as property, the costs and benefits of patents, and the balance of intellectual property rights, providing a deeper understanding of the economic impact within the healthcare industry.

Special Intellectual Property Rules for Healthcare

This module delves into the special intellectual property rules tailored for the healthcare industry. Participants will examine the unique role of patents in pharmaceutical drugs, the consequences of key legislations such as the Hatch-Waxman Act, and the ownership of research and genetic material in healthcare, shedding light on the complex legal landscape within the sector.

Case Studies in Intellectual Property

Through in-depth case studies, participants will gain practical insights into the application of intellectual property laws in the healthcare industry. The module includes analyses of international pharmaceutical companies, major medical device companies, and startups in the emerging DNA-testing industry, offering valuable real-world examples of IP strategies in healthcare-oriented businesses.

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