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Thu, 19 Nov


Online Event (Zoom)

Commercializing IPR in Synthetic Biology

An IPR event for curious and innovative students, researchers and companies looking to commercialize IPRs in Synthetic Biology. Join us to learn more about this emergent topic and bring any questions you have to obtain answers from an expert.

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Commercializing IPR in Synthetic Biology

Time & Location

19 Nov 2020, 14:00 – 16:00

Online Event (Zoom)

About the Event


Alexander Bützow - Commercializing IPR in Synthetic Biology


14:00 - 14:10  Welcome and Synbio Powerhouse News - Tuula Palmén, Co-creation Manager in Synthetic biology, VTT

14:10 - 15:00  What are IPRs and why are they important?; SynBio IPR landscape; I have a SynBio invention, now what - Alexander Bützow, IP and Contract Lawyer, University of Helsinki

15:00-15:05 Common marketable projects - James Evans, Lab Manager at Biogarage, Aalto University

15:05 - 15:50   Q&A

15:50 - 16:00 Wrap-up


Alexander Bützow is an IP and contract lawyer currently working as a legal counsel at the University of Helsinki’s Research Services. Alex’s job consists of assisting researchers in all legal matters pertaining to research and innovation, such as technology transfer (licensing and commercialization), RDI agreements and business collaboration. Alex has a strong background and special interest in matters relating to synthetic biology, especially with regard to SynBio IPR strategy and commercialization.


What are IPRs and why are they important?

  • Right to prohibit
  • Patents
  • Utility models
  • Trade secrets
  • Upstream vs. downstream innovation

SynBio IPR landscape

  • Overview
  • Network effects
  • Proprietary vs. open source
  • Cross-licensing, patent pools and clearing houses

I have a SynBio invention, now what?

  • Finnish employment and academic innovation laws
  • Publication, patent or trade secret
  • How to develop a technology asset
  • Start-up, assignment or licensing

We look forward to seeing you on November 19!

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