Guide for Inventors

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SECTION A:
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER - THE BASICS

  1. What is technology transfer?
  2. What is the role of the MRC IC in technology transfer and how can we help MRC scientists?
  3. What is the role of MRC scientists/inventors in technology transfer?
  4. How can MRC scientists benefit from technology transfer?

SECTION B:
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, INVENTIONS AND INVENTORS

  1. What is intellectual property?
  2. What constitutes an invention?
  3. Who is an inventor?
  4. Who owns the invention?

SECTION C: PROTECTING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
C.1. PATENTS

  1. What is a patent?
  2. What are the legal requirements for patenting an invention?
  3. What constitutes public disclosure?
  4. In what categories are patents granted?
  5. What is patentable in the field of biotechnology?
  6. What is not patentable?
  7. Can genes, EST's or SNPs be patented?
  8. Can computer-related (bioinformatics) inventions be patented?
  9. Who should be listed as an inventor on a patent?
  10. How does the patenting process work?

10.1. Filing a provisional application
10.2. The priority date
10.3. The Patent Co-operation Treaty
10.4. International Search Report
10.5. Other important patenting timelines
10.6. The national phase
10.7. Patent prosecution and protection period
10.8. Patenting costs

  1. Who benefits from a patent?
  2. To publish or to patent?
  3. How does filing for a patent affect publications/presentations/posters?
  4. When and why should I carry out a patent search?
  5. How do I carry out a patent search?

C.2. COPYRIGHT

  1. What is copyright?
  2. How do I ensure that my work has copyright protection?

C.3. TRADE MARKS

  1. What is a trade mark?
  2. How do I register a trade mark?

C.4. PLANT BREEDERS' RIGHTS

  1. What are Plant Breeders' Rights?

C.5. TRADE SECRETS

  1. What is a trade secret?
  2. What is confidentiality?
  3. How do I protect confidential information?
  4. What should be in a Confidentiality Agreement (NDA)?
  5. What is a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)?
  6. Why are MTAs used?

SECTION D:
ASSESSMENT OF IP

  1. How will my invention be assessed?

SECTION E:
GUIDELINES FOR LABORATORY NOTEBOOKS

  1. Why is it essential to keep good research records?
  2. How do I keep good research records?

SECTION F:
HOW TO PREPARE A BUSINESS PLAN

  1. What is the purpose of a business plan?
  2. How do I write a business plan?

SECTION G:
HOW TO PREPARE A MARKETING PLAN

  1. What is the purpose of a marketing plan?
  2. How do I write a marketing plan?
  3. How do I do market research?

SECTION H:
FUNDING FOR COMMERCIALIZATION OF RESEARCH

  1. What funding channels apply to the commercialization process?
  2. What public funding is available for commercialization of research?
  3. What private funding is available for commercialization of research?

SECTION I:
THE COMMERCIALIZATION PROCESS

  1. What is involved in commercializing research?
  2. What are the possible commercialization routes that I can take?

I.1. LICENSING

  1. What is a license?
  2. What issues must be addressed in terms of license agreements?
  3. What types of technology licenses do you get?
  4. What are royalties and upfront payments in licensing and how are they decided?

I.2. SPIN-OUT AND START-UP COMPANIES

  1. What are spin-out and start-up companies?
  2. When would one form a spin-out or start-up company rather than licensing out a technology?
  3. Is there any support available to my spin-out or start-up company?

I.3. DIRECT SALE OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

  1. What if I can produce a product or offer a service directly from my bench?

I.4. USE OF TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AGENCIES

  1. What does a technology transfer agency do?       

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