Research often results in improvements to existing methods or uncovers new ways to do things better – in other words, inventions. Research is not the only way inventions can be created, however.
Introducing inventions in a scientific publication or thesis prevents them from being patented if the publication takes place before the patent application is submitted. Particularly in the context of collaborative research with companies, it is worth being cautious with publishing results to ensure that patent-related obligations specified in the terms and conditions of the research funding are duly considered.
Innovations, you say? Yes, please!
An invention report is submitted to the university for every invention created. We use an electronic research idea and invention tool at the Hervanta and city center campuses, which is available by logging in to the university intranet and navigating to the research section. The Kappi campus is currently using the OIVA tool.
Pay particular attention to the following basic information in the information report:
- who are the inventors;
- what is the nature of the invention;
- who owns the rights to the invention;
- when was the invention created;
- goals of using the invention.
The Act on the Right in Inventions Made at Higher Education Institutions (369/2006) primarily categorizes research at universities and other higher education institutions as open research and contract research. As a general rule, the inventor owns the rights to an invention created through open research. In contact research, the university gains the rights of all inventions created through cooperation with a third-party partner or externally funded research projects, for example. Additional information can be found here.
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