By Neil F. Sullivan
Scientists within the laboratory usually fail to use the industrial exploitation in their study. expertise move is a cautious account of ways to begin the method of commercialization of expertise, and describes intimately the problems, and period of time wanted, to hold the method via to a winning end. This booklet presents a far wanted step by step consultant to the commercialization of study. It addresses 3 significant subject matters: how you can shield your highbrow estate; tips on how to boost it commercially through licensing and enterprise "start up"; and the way to finance and deal with your new corporation. This publication is vital interpreting for any study scientist whose paintings has advertisement functions.
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Thus, with the aid of your patent agent: (a) define those elements that are essential to your invention; and (b) try to consider the variants that are closest to your product or process. In drafting the claims you should ensure that the scope of the application is not set too narrow, thus reducing the scope for potential infringement. If you allege infringement or indeed are the defendant, then there are several defensive positions that could be adopted. Again, these should be taken only with the advice of your patent agent.
What you can and cannot do with your patent Patents may be assigned, mortgaged or licensed to a third party, providing these transactions are documented in writing and signed by both parties to the transaction. Licences to use the information in the patent or in the patent application can be granted, with the possibility of sublicences being available thereafter. The concept of the exclusive licence is discussed in Chapter 6, but at this point we should consider that such a licence excludes everyone, including the applicant or owner, from any rights to use the information in the patent to which this relates.
This includes postdoctorals, no matter how independent. There is, of course, an opportunity for people to keep their own records after leaving, but this must always be made subject to confidentiality arrangements. It is also advisable to send a copy of your notebook to a US counterpart or sister company, since this may be relevant to interference proceedings. Notebooks should be numbered and handed out to researchers by the laboratory head; information should be recorded in indelible ink, without blank pages or pages removed.