Inventions and new developments having the potential for commercial applicability often arise from research performed at universities. For example, this may comprise the development of a new device, the design of a new manufacturing process, the discovery of a new drug or a new therapeutic approach.
The discoveries first need to be protected. Whether such a discovery meets the criteria for a patent depends on several aspects. In a first step, the PROvendis Innovation Managers check whether the discovery may meet these criteria and whether there is a commercial potential. If this is likely to be the case, we then perform a comprehensive evaluation and propose tailored recommendations on how to proceed to the university.
Inventions that arise from activities at the university are referred to as a job-related inventions. They have to be reported to the university in form of an invention disclosure.