In most cases, projects that are product of academic research demand further development and funding, before their commercial use. However, needed funds might be granted only if the underlying intellectual property can be protected.
To have things run smoothly, best practice is to talk about your innovation with professionals in Center for Technology Transfer of University of Belgrade, even if your idea is still premature or vague and very much ‘under construction’.
The earlier we hear about your work, the better we can assist you in deciding on the next steps. In case protection of invention is desired, it is essential to contact us at an early stage to learn about the requirements relating to publication or presentation of research data and results. Any public disclosure of your idea before filing for a patent application, precludes us from obtaining patent protection for your invention. This is why we encourage you to inform us about your invention as early as possible, but in any case, before any public disclosure of your results.
Further steps depend on developmental stages and nature of your innovation, idea or invention. Together with a TT manager at CTT UB, you will assess your idea/invention from many perspectives to ensure a thorough review of the opportunities and potential pitfalls.
Some of the questions that CTT-UB will help you find answers to are:
- Is a practical application possible? If so, in what areas/sectors?
- Is there a current problem that your idea, innovation or invention can solve?
- Is there anything particularly different about your innovation, idea or invention?
- Is there a market or target group for your product?
- Is your idea truly innovative or inventive in this particular research field
- What could be potential revenues?
- Is there a third party already looking for what you offer?
- Is there a need for further research?
- Is it necessary to protect your idea, innovation or invention?
- What would be your preferred role in the valorisation process?