Patents at the University of Twente


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During a session for UT employees Roy Kolkman (University of Twente) explained the university strategy on research, ideas, patents and publications.

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Patents at the University of Twente

  1. 1. From Idea to Patent Roy Kolkman 17/10/11 Title: to modify choose 'View' then 'Heater and footer'
  2. 2. FROM IDEA TO PATENT <ul><li>What is a Patent? </li></ul><ul><li>Why Patents? </li></ul><ul><li>What is Patentable? </li></ul><ul><li>Patents: National, European, worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Procedure </li></ul><ul><li>Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific publications & Patents </li></ul><ul><li>Patent Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Contact </li></ul>
  3. 3. WHAT IS A PATENT? <ul><li>Patent: </li></ul><ul><li>a legal document </li></ul><ul><li>granted by the government </li></ul><ul><li>giving an inventor the exclusive </li></ul><ul><li>right to make, use, </li></ul><ul><li>and sell an invention </li></ul><ul><li>for a specified number of years </li></ul>
  4. 4. WHY PATENTS? <ul><li>Exclusive right to make, use, and sell an invention: </li></ul><ul><li> Safeguards investments in product-development </li></ul>
  5. 5. WHAT IS PATENTABLE? <ul><li>The invention must be: </li></ul><ul><li>New </li></ul><ul><ul><li>invention did not previously exist </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inventive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>significant improvement to existing technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Industrial applicable </li></ul>
  6. 6. “ NOVEL”? <ul><li>New at the date of filing the patent application </li></ul><ul><li>New if it does not form part of the &quot;state of the art&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;State of the art&quot; means everything made available to the public before the filing date </li></ul><ul><li>There must have been no public disclosure of an invention before the filing date of the patent application </li></ul>
  7. 7. WHAT CANNOT BE PATENTED? (1) <ul><li>The following are not considered to be inventions for the purposes of granting European patents: </li></ul><ul><li>Discoveries, scientific theories and mathematical methods </li></ul><ul><li>Aesthetic creations </li></ul><ul><li>Schemes, rules and methods for performing mental acts, playing games or doing business, and programs for computers </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations of information </li></ul>
  8. 8. WHAT CANNOT BE PATENTED? (2) <ul><li>Inventions whose commercial exploitation would be contrary to &quot;ordre public&quot; or morality </li></ul><ul><li>Plant or animal varieties or essentially biological processes for the production of plants or animals </li></ul><ul><li>Methods for treatment of the human or animal body by surgery or therapy and diagnostic methods practised on the human or animal body </li></ul>
  9. 9. SOFTWARE? <ul><li>Program for a computer &quot;as such&quot; is excluded from patentability, but… </li></ul><ul><li>Not excluded from patentability if, when running on a computer, it causes a further &quot;technical effect&quot; going beyond the &quot;normal&quot; physical interaction between the program (software) and the computer (hardware) </li></ul><ul><li>Programs for computers are therefore not automatically excluded from patentability </li></ul>
  10. 10. NATIONAL, EUROPEAN, PCT <ul><li>Patents are granted by national patent offices </li></ul><ul><li>Application per region e.g. Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Worldwide: PCT </li></ul>
  11. 11. PROCEDURE (1) <ul><li>Invention!! </li></ul><ul><li>- is the invention patentable? </li></ul><ul><li>- is there a business case (product, market)? </li></ul><ul><li>Contact IP advisor UT, Business development team or Managing director Institute </li></ul>
  12. 12. PROCEDURE (2) <ul><li>Selection of patent attorney </li></ul><ul><li>Drafting patent </li></ul><ul><li>Filing patent: priority date </li></ul><ul><li>Examination report </li></ul><ul><li>< 12 months extenstion to PCT </li></ul><ul><li>< 30 months selection countries/regions </li></ul><ul><li>Start granting procedure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(for each country/region) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Patent granted </li></ul>
  13. 13. COSTS <ul><li>Initial patent application: ~ € 5000 – 7000 </li></ul><ul><li>PCT application: ~ € 5000 </li></ul><ul><li>… after 30 months costs rise significantly: </li></ul><ul><li>Sell/license patent before 30 months </li></ul>
  14. 14. PUBLICATIONS & PATENTS <ul><li>Can I publish my invention? </li></ul>YES YOU CAN!! … but not before filing the patent - no presentation - no poster - no publication …before patent is filed
  15. 15. PATENT FUND <ul><li>Total fund-size: ~€ 50.000,- per year </li></ul>
  16. 16. Revenues <ul><li>Sharing revenues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1/3 inventors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1/3 research group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1/3 patent fund </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. CONTACT <ul><li>Roy Kolkman </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Nanolab 2007 (Tu, Fr) </li></ul><ul><li>Zuidhorst 115 (Mo, We, Thu) </li></ul><ul><li>Tel 2573 / 2331 </li></ul>