An introduction to patent related issues presented at the MUST
patent "all hands" workshop
on January 11, 2012 can be found here Cob-Must-2012
(1.16 MB). The file includes a special chapter on Science & IP (conflict of publishing vs patenting) that hilights the possibility to establish a priority date for 12 months even within 24 hours at low cost by filing a provisional patent application e.g. at the US Patent and TM Office (USPTO).
Links to various patent organizations:
A patent application in Germany (€410) which delivers to you, in addition, a detailed research report with respect to prior art is an approach to access other relevant patents in the area at relatively low cost.
For advice on this, please contact as early as possible Ch. Harder (+41 79 219 9051).