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Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

Dissemination and exploitation of research results is a major stake for both public and private actors.

Intellectual property provides various legal tools that support the exploitation of the technologies embedded in these results. These tools are property rights granted to the creator-inventor (and/or owner) in respect of its technological or creative achievements.

In effect, intellectual property rights enable you to:

  • Exploit directly or indirectly research results,
  • Secure the disclosure of these results,
  • Strengthen research partnerships,
  • Support the industry take-up of these results,
  • Share benefits arising from commercial exploitation,
  • Assert the paternity of these results,
  • Ensure a wide dissemination of these results.


The term ‘Invention’ covers technical innovations such as methods, apparatus and products.In order to be patentable, an invention needs to fulfil the requirements of novelty, inventive step and industrial application.Certain subject-matters are excluded from patent protection in Europe such as plant variety or methods that are essentially biological (selection and crossing).Patents are registered rights that require first that an application is filed at a national, regional or international office.Prosecution of patent applications is a lengthy procedure which might take up to 5 or 7 years.Patent protection last for 20 years from the filing date of the respective application.
Patent applications are published 18 months after the priority filing.Patents are powerful protection tools that cover most of the possible exploitation of an invention.

Good practices

  • Prior to any disclosure – written or orally – contact your institution’s Project Coordinator or IP Engineer.
  • For all projects labeled under the GIS Biotechnologies Vertes, ad hoc Review Committees are dedicated to examine disclosure requests with a view to identify protectable results.
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