Swiss Institute for Translational and Entrepreneurial Medicine (sitem-insel)

Module 3 - Intellectual Property

Prof. Dr. Heinz Müller


Translational Medicine and Biomedical Entrepreneurship

Module 3 - Intellectual Property


Heinz Mueller is professor emeritus for medical biochemistry at the University of Basel and patent expert at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. He was educated as a biochemist at the ETH Zurich, where he also received his PhD. In 1985, he moved to the US to work for several years at different research institutions in San Diego (UCSD, Scripps Research Institute) and Chicago (Northwestern University). He then returned to Switzerland to work as a principal investigator in breast cancer research at the University of Basel. From this university, he received his Venia legendi and the title of a professor.

In 2002, he started working at the patent department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property while remaining a regular lecturer in biochemistry at the medical faculty of the University of Basel. At the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, he is responsible for training and continuous education at the patent department and the interaction with Swiss universities.

He also teaches intellectual property law at different Swiss universities, in particular for life science students, and has written extensively on a number of pertinent articles for newspapers, magazines  scientific journals and other publications on the topic of intellectual property.