Join the ESA webinar on 12 December 2023 and hear about the results of Agency's Lessons Learned survey.

The webinar on Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) and the ESA TRL Calculator will take place on 23 November at 10:00-13:00 (CET).

This lecture will consider how a patent can be enforced and what to do in the instance that it is. This is the sharp end of a patent’s lifetime and can sometimes be unavoidable when third party actors are involved.  We will also discuss the new Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court as recent developments to patents in Europe.


This lecture will review the strategy behind when and how to disclose your invention alongside approaches to encourage and gather investment for smaller businesses. This lecture will look in depth at matters such as confidentiality agreements and how and when to use NDAs. Trade secrets are a little known form of intellectual property and will also be discussed.


In space, no one can hear you infringing. This lecture will review how patents, a territorial right, interact with an extra-terrestrial world.

With new developments being produced every day in the aerospace industry, how can your patents be best directed towards capturing third parties that may be interested in using your technology? We will discuss the relevant legal frameworks at play alongside the approach taken by some large aerospace businesses.


This lecture will cover the patentability of machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques. We will discuss what can be protected and how, accompanied by examples and advice for those innovating in this area.


Myth: Software inventions cannot be patented.

Reality: There are complex rules over what and how software inventions can be patented but broadly software is patentable if it solves a “technical” problem.

This lecture aims to provide a guide for inventors and organisations looking to protect their quantum computing-based inventions, including what is patentable, what is not, and what you need to know. This lecture also studies patenting trends in quantum computing, and other quantum technologies, looking at how these emerging technologies are being protected and how this is changing.


This lecture will provide the second part of an introduction to patents. This will include discussing typical paths taken to patents, a review of prior art and how it can be used to benefit you and your business alongside some considerations of how to attract investment and a brief discussion of patent box. This will be a refresher for those that attended the 2022 lecture series.


This lecture will provide the first part of an introduction to patents. This will include how to read, understand and interpret a patent alongside how to read and understand the most important part of the patent: the claims. This will be a refresher for those that attended the 2022 lecture series.