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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Preparation of Patent Application*


Sensor Technologies
Information and Communication Technologies, third-level study programme
Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, third-level study programme
Ecotechnologies, third-level study programme


prof. dr. Miran Mozetič
prof. dr. Alenka Vesel
prof. dr. Uroš Cvelbar


Students get knowledge on basic aspect of patent legislation in Slovenia and abroad. They gain knowledge that enables a critical approach to patentability of students' achievements. They learn the proper procedure for patent application from the basic idea to acquisition of an international patent. They also gain basic knowledge on protection of intellectual property rights in individual countries.


• What is a patent
• Introduction to patent legislation
• What knowledge should be patented
• The form and content of patent
• State of the art
• Patent claims
• Forms for Slovenian and international patent
• Patent attorneys
• Patent examiners
• Patents in individual countries
• Exercises from preparation of patent application

Course literature:

• Urad za intelektualno lastnino RS ( and references thereafter
• Evropski patentni urad ( ) and references thereafter)
• Baze podatkov esp@cenet, DEPATISnet, WIPO Resources, PCT Gazette, USPTO Databases
• A. Arora, M. Ceccagoni, Patent protection, complementary assets and firms' incentives for technology licensing. Management Science, 52 (2006) 239-308.
• S. Scotchemer, Innovation and Incentives. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA (2005).
• F. S. Kieff, The case for registering patents and the law and economics of present patent-obtaining rules. Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA (2003).
• J. DeGraff, K.A. Lawrence, Creativity at work: Developing right practices to make innovation happen. Jossey-Bass – Wiley, University of Michigan Buisness School, MI (2002).
• F. Leveque, Y. Meniere, The economics of patents and copyright. CERNA, Centre d'economie industrielle, Paris, France (2004).
• G. Paterson, The European patent system. Sweet & Maxwell, London (2001).
• D. Pressman, Patent it yourself. Nolo, ZDA (2006).
• US Department of Commerce, Patents and How to get one: A practical handbook. Dover Publications (2003).
• H. Charmasson, Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks for Dummies. Wiley, Hoboken, NJ (2004).
• B. DeMatteis, A. Gibbs, M. Neustel, The Patent Writer: How to write successful patent application. Square One Publishers Patents (2006).
• D. Hunt, L. Nguyen, M. Rodgers, Patent searching: Tools and Techniques. John Wiley & Sons (2007).
• P. M. Romer, A. B. Jaffe, M. Trajtenberg, Patents, Citations and Innovations: A Window on the Knowledge Economy. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA (2005).
• Zakon o industrijski lastnini, Uradni list RS, št. 51 (2006).

Significant publications and references:

• Mozetič Miran, Cvelbar Uroš, Plasma treatment for purifying copper or nickel, mednarodni patent WO 2004/098259, objavljen po posameznih državah kot EP1620581, US2006054184, MXPA05011822, DE10320472, CN1777702, AT358735T.
• Mozetič Miran, Alenka Vesel, Cvelbar Uroš, Method and device for local functionalization of polymer materials, mednarodni patent WO 2006/130122.
• Cvelbar Uroš, Miran Mozetič, Method for improving of electrical connection properties of a surface of a product made from a polymer matrix composite, mednarodni patent WO2006029642.
• Alenka Vesel, Miran Mozetič, Method and device for measuring ultrahigh vacuum, mednarodni patent WO 2005/080932.
• Cvelbar Uroš, Miran Mozetič, Process for treating a polymer matrix composite comprises subjecting the composite to a large flow of oxygen radicals, removing the surface polymers, increasing the surface roughness, and activating the composite, nemški patent DE10320483.
• Alenka Vesel, Miran Mozetič, Ionic vacuum pump with new electrode configuration, slovenski patent SI20840.
• Poberaj Igor, Mozetič Miran, Babič Dušan, Optical catalytical probe for measuring atom concentrations of oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen in gas or plasma, sovenski patent SI20493.
• Mozetič Miran, Cvelbar Uroš, Nanofibres of niobium oxide and method for manufacturing them, slovenski patent SI21136.
• Cvelbar Uroš, Miran Mozetič, Method for treatment of composite fibres with polymer matrix, slovenski patent SI21180.
• Cvelbar Uroš, Miran Mozetič, Sterilization method using plasma and secondary source, slovenski patent SI21224.


• Student or a small team of students prepare a complete patent application. The patent application is secret. Any eventual intellectual property right is a property of the student or the team.

• Oral exam, at which the candidate demonstrates his/her knowledge and understanding of the essential course content, and presents how this new knowledge can be included in his/her research project – in front of the course leader and postgraduate's project supervisor; all course and project participants are invited to attend.

Students obligations:

• project work (if a team of students decide for a joint patent application)
• seminar (patent application) and oral exam