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Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology Transfer: models for interaction in the VSB network


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Presentation of Rosana Ceron Di Giorgio for the "Workshop Virtual Sugarcane Biorefinery" …

Presentation of Rosana Ceron Di Giorgio for the "Workshop Virtual Sugarcane Biorefinery"

Apresentação de Rosana Ceron Di Giorgio realizada no "Workshop Virtual Sugarcane Biorefinery "

Date / Data : Aug 13 - 14th 2009/
13 e 14 de agosto de 2009
Place / Local: ABTLus, Campinas, Brazil
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  • 1. Intellectual property (IP) and technology transferModels for interaction in the VSB network Rosana Ceron Di Giorgio Centro de Ciência e Tecnologia do Bioetanol (CTBE) Workshop VSB, agosto/ 2009
  • 2. Considerations The most suitable models – pros and cons Proposed solution The network operation  Role of the Mgmt Committee  Role of CTBE  Workflows
  • 3. Considerations ALL participants in the network will be allowed to “use” and “commercially explore” (by providing services) the system to be built together ALL groups linked to research institutions and companies with know-how in the area may join the network at any time. This leads to an unlimited number of participants
  • 4. Possible models Placing technology in the public domain Protecting the technology and licensing it in a non- exclusive basis to all network´s participants.
  • 5. 1. Public Domain Advantages:  All will have access  There are safe ways to ensure that the technology falls into the public domain, such as publications Disadvantages:  Those who do not participate in the network also will have access  Once in the public domain, you cannot go back  Normally, at the beginning of an operation, the pros and cons are not all clear and, therefore, it is not appropriate to adopt a permanent solution
  • 6. 2. IP Protection and non- exclusive license Advantages:  Better control of access  important at the beginning of a new operation  Greater flexibility  putting in the public domain will remain possible further  Greater control over the appropriate use of the system built  You can ensure that all participants in the network have license to use and commercially exploit the results obtained through the network
  • 7. 2. IP Protection and non- exclusive license (cont) Disadvantages:  The IP must be protected to make the licensing possible  Someone will have to be the owner and license the results to the others  It will depend on the owner to provide the license to the participants of the network  this can be assured by a previous contract
  • 8. Proposed SolutionComposition of the two alternatives,plus an extension for participants whohave previous IP (created outside the network)
  • 9. Proposed Solution (cont) not “protectable” creations  placed in the public domain (publication in the CTBE journal, patent application and abandonment, others) “Protectable” creations  patent application/SW registration on behalf of CTBE (maintaining the creator´s authorship) plus non exclusive and a free of charge license to the members of the network
  • 10. Proposed Solution (cont) The Management Committee will be in charge of deciding about to protect or not the invention. The participant/creator will have to express his/her opinion External IP may be adopted if they add value to the network  decision by the Mgmt Committee
  • 11. Network Management Management Committee Composition suggested by CTBE (to be approved by the founding partners):  4 more institutions (1 representative from each subnet)  CTBE Coordinator: CTBE through the Superintendent of the Sugar Cane Virtual Biorefinery Program
  • 12. Management Committee - Responsibilities• Monitoring the R&D projects• Determination of the network operation rules• Formal support in the obtaining of funds to the R&D projects• Allocation of specific responsibilities according to the skills of the participants• Organization of meetings to democratize information within the network
  • 13. Responsibilities of CTBE Application/ registration/ maintenance of the IP (BR and abroad) Financing the IP protection Preparation and execution of contracts with the participants in the network Publication of the network results, aiming their destination into public domain
  • 14. Responsibilities of CTBE (cont) Organization and release of the results obtained inside the network, after their effective protection or destination into the public domain Hosting and outsourcing of the VSB Maintenance/upgrade of the hosted system and support to the users Negotiation with third parties who have previous IP, which interest to the network
  • 15. Admission to the network beginning Institution (by wish or by invitation) submits an application Submission criteria defined by the Management Management Committee analyses Committee. the application Important: aplicant MUST contribute with projects of interest to the network. nend Accepted? s New participant signs an agreement agreeding with the network terms and conditions Submission concluded end
  • 16. Network Operation – 1. Project developed inside the network beginning The project must be in the areas covered by the VSB Participant submits the proposed project to the Management Committee for approval n approved? end sThe project returns to the Participant executes the project applicant for review Participant forwards the results to the Management Committee, which records entry and forwards the results to CTBE CTBE provides validation 1 n n ok? Project refused end s *
  • 17. Network Operation – 1. Project developed inside the network * s CTBE provides IP protection analysis Prior art search IP n protection possible? s CTBE provides and e finances IP protection in BR and abroad on behalf of CTBEPublications are made on behalf of creators Publications authorized with acknowledgement to CTBE CTBE includes the new creation in the “network 2 creations data base”CTBE will provide maintenance CTBE releases the new creation in the CTBE inserts the creation in to the hosted system and network, for use by the participants the system hosted at CTBE support to the users which host the system in house end
  • 18. Network Operation – 2. The applicant owns an external IP beginning Applicant forwards the IP to the Management Committee , for evaluation of the interest in the presented IP Project review,improvement or additional Does it n development can be done interest? end inside the network. If needed, a member s institution will be CTBE negociates the conditions with the applicant, designated to take the taking into account the requirement of project further dissemination inside the network Open opening 1 degree Closed CTBE provides validation in a closed environment Project review, improvement n n Accepted or additional development in a ? closed environment Project refused s IP protection and publication according to the conditions agreed 2
  • 19. Obrigada! Rosana C. Di Giorgio Centro de Ciência e Tecnologia do Bioetanol (CTBE) +55 19 3518 3117