Department of Polish and European Industrial Property Law

Department of Polish and European Industrial Property Law

The Department of Polish and European Industrial Property Law, led by prof. Helena Żakowska-Henzler, advances research and teaching in the area of industrial property protection, currently with a focus on patent law in the field of medicine and biotechnology.

One of the roles of patent protection is to foster developments in many fields of human activities, including natural sciences. This protection may also be a source of controversies connected with such issues as access to medicine, access to science and effects of scientific research, benefit sharing, using traditional knowledge and many others. Currently we conduct research on interactions between industrial property law and fundamental rights systems, biosafety, patentability of plants, animals and other kinds of biological material, as well, as access to genetic resources. Our PhD students conduct research in a broad scope of topics, from copyright law to patents.