Industrial Protection in Microbiology and Parasitology: ABG IP participates in the Master’s Degree of the UCM

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  • Ana Mª de Lucas and Tomás Llamas, members of ABG Intellectual Property team, teach in the 10th Promotion of the University Master’s Degree in “Microbiology and Parasitology: Research and Development” of Complutense University of Madrid

Microbiology and parasitology are research fields with excellent potential in terms protection of the industrial property. For this reason, Ana María de Lucas and Tomás Llamas, members of the ABG Intellectual Property team, have taught on “Industrial Property and Patents” for the students of the Master’s Degree in “Microbiology and Parasitology: Research and Development” of the Complutense University of Madrid.

This master’s degree has been in exceptional demand since its beginning in 2010. Each year it receives more than 300 applications for the 40 available places. Its  students are graduates in Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Science and Food Technology, Pharmacy, Chemistry or Veterinary, coming from Spain and Latin American universities.

Patents in Microbiology and Parasitology

Ana María de Lucas discussed on the desirability or not of applying for a patent in different situations. She also addressed the issues that more frequently come up with patent applications in the field of microbiology and parasitology. On the other hand, this patent advisor from the biotechnology department of ABG IP underlined how patent databases and patent applications are a valuable source of information:

“Compulsory publication of patents and patent applications facilitates the dissemination of knowledge and streamlines innovation activities by avoiding, for example, the need to “reinvent the wheel”

Patents and applications as a source of information in microbiology and parasitology

In this line, Tomás Llamas was responsible for explaining to the students of the Master’s degree how to search in the patent databases. Tomás, a European Patent Attorney, wanted to highlight the usefulness of the search results from different points of view:

“In addition to investigate the state of the art of an invention, these searches allow access to information on the latest technological developments and on what the competitors are working on. Sometimes we also find solutions to technical problems that we face.”

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Commitment to scientific research

The faculties of Biological Science and Pharmacy are responsible for this Master’s Degree in “Microbiology and Parasitology: Research and Development” which the Madri+d Foundation accredited very satisfactorily in the 2016 academic year. Since its first edition, different members of the ABG IP team have participated giving lectures on Industrial Property and Patents, a collaboration that is part of the training commitment of the firm.

Ana María de Lucas, as patent advisor in the department of biotechnology, prepares patentability reports, drafts and prosecutes patent applications in the field of molecular and cellular biology, pharmacogenomics, gene therapy, immunology, animal models and diagnostic methods.

Tomás Llamas is European Patent Attorney and associate in the chemistry department of ABG IP. His practice focuses on the prosecution and management of patent portfolios and the preparation of opinion studies, mainly in the area of organic chemistry and pharmacy.

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