Industrial Liaison & Technology Transfer
INL aims to be at the cutting edge of Public-Private Partnership (PPP’s) models and Technology Transfer activities, facilitating and accelerating the transfer of innovative technology from basic research to industry by working closely with industrial partners and by spanning the INL research areas to develop new diagnostics, drugs, machines, devices and therapies.
INL statutes highlight the role of the laboratory in fostering international scientific co-operation. Particularly, INL’s statutes emphasizes that the laboratory’s activities shall aim to:
Technology Transfer Value Chain
At INL we are convinced that an important task of our laboratory is to improve our society by solving practical problems and building a modern and better world, rather than just acquiring knowledge for knowledge's sake, thus INL fosters applied research investigation in Nanotechnology. By working with the INL TTM unit, our scientists have the opportunity to collaborate with the industry, as well as to market their inventions.
Creative and high value added technologies may have a low impact on the society if they are not properly defined, conducted, protected and disclosed. Principal Investigators and Researchers are essential to guarantee the development of new products and Technologies through adequate policies and methodologies. One of the key elements to develop new inventions is a well-kept laboratory logbook.
INL’s cutting-edge activities always generate research materials, such as chemical building blocks, cell lines, engineering components, nuclei acids derivatives and other valuable proprietary materials related to the laboratory research areas.
All these reagents and intermediates of the research rely on many hours of investigation and may play a significant role in multiple research lines. At INL we consider them priceless items for others, including public institutions and private companies involved in research activities.
Invention Disclosure in four steps
The process of invention disclosure is the result of close joint efforts between the inventor and INL staff. The inventor will need to substantiate his/her business idea and prove its scientific and technical relevance to the field of nanotechnology, as well as its viability and effectiveness. INL TT experts will need to thoroughly evaluate all project implementation factors before making a recommendation on whether to manage the project. The key tool used by INL consists of an initial (documentary) review and substantial evaluation. This system helps researchers obtain an objective assessment of their proposal.
Proposal Evaluation Criteria
Only innovative and commercially viable projects will be cosidered for protection and patent application. In order to get a positive finding from INL’s expert evaluation, the invention should provide sustainable competitive advantages due to its technical and commercial characteristics when compared with its competitors. In particular, INL will evaluate each invention according to the following parameters:
IP Protection and Policy
If the invention is determined to meet the criteria for patentability, INL files a patent application with the appropriate Patent Office, which publishes patent applications 18 months after initial filing. If the invention requires further development and validation before a patent is filed, INL-TTM will lead the process, providing specific advice at critical points of the application.