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*** This course contributes to the Royal Society of Biology's Industry Skills Certificate

A Practical Guide to Successfully Navigating the Patent System.


This course will give you an overview of the patent system and provide practical tips to scoring successes and avoiding pitfalls. You'll get an understanding of important points to consider in order to obtain patent protection and to avoid infringing third party rights. The basic principles of patent law, the process for obtaining patent protection and considerations on freedom-to-operate will be covered.

The course aims to provide practical advice on when to file a patent application, the information that should be obtained before filing a patent application, and where to find information relating to patents. Guidance will also be provided on understanding and interpreting patent documents. This interactive course will use examples from the biological field to fully engage the audience.

What will the course cover?

  • I have a new idea - can I get protection for it?
  • Why should I bother protecting my ideas?
  • What does the patenting process entail?
  • Will exploiting my invention infringe anyone else's patents?

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone wanting to learn about the patent system. It will be particularly useful for those who have little or no knowledge of patent law, e.g. students, researchers, and people industry but do not have specific experience relating to patents.

Course tutor

Catherine Williamson is a Senior Associate in the Chemistry and Life Sciences team at Haseltine Lake Kemper.

Catherine joined Haseltine Lake Kempner as a trainee patent attorney after completing an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Durham and a Master's degree in Molecular Medicine at Imperial College London. Catherine qualified as a UK and European patent attorney in 2014 and completed the Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate in 2016.

Catherine works with a wide range of clients including Universities, SMEs, and larger multinational companies and particularly has experience of drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to biotechnology, therapeutics, diagnostic assays, and materials chemistry. She has experience of prosecuting families of patent applications overseas, including in the US, Japan, and China. Catherine also works regularly on opposition and appeal cases at the European Patent Office.

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

A certificate of attendance will be provided after the event.
We evaluate all of our training events, to make sure that we maintain a high quality of training.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 15 CPD points.

Professional Registers

This course supports registers competencies and has been identified as supporting competency development for: Registered Scientist (RSci).
Competency area:
  • Application of knowledge and understanding


Members - £85 + VAT
Members of Member Organisations, SCAS members - £120 + VAT
Non-members - £170 + VAT

Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment can also benefit from the discounted member rate.


For further information about this course please contact our Training and Development Officer at or on 020 3925 3453.


Unfortunately, the Royal Society of Biology is unable to offer refunds on training courses that have been attended. We do, of course, welcome and encourage any feedback from a course and will continue to improve the service we offer.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation with over 10 working days' notice = 100% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with 5-10 working days' notice = 50% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with less than 5 working days' notice = 0% refund

The Royal Society of Biology reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training event up to 10 working days before the event is due to take place. A full refund will be issued.

If the Royal Society of Biology is required to cancel or reschedule a training event with under 10 working days' notice due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued and 50% of attendee prepaid travel will be compensated.

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