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Technology transfer and knowledge transfer

What is technology transfer?

Technology transfer is a dynamic process that leverages research findings and foster innovation. By engaging in partnerships with industry, launching spin-offs, and through licensing patents, know-how, and software, research has the potential to yield innovative products, processes, and services.

For scientists, technology transfer brings significant benefits. It enables them to witness their research making a real-world impact, translating discoveries into practical applications. Collaborations with industry partners provide valuable insights and networking opportunities, enhancing the research's relevance. Moreover, technology transfer generates additional funding, empowering scientists to explore new avenues and advance their scientific endeavors. Overall, technology transfer bridges the gap between research and application, driving progress and improving lives.

What does knowledge transfer entail?
How does the Innovation Management at Forschungszentrum Jülich support any kind of transfer?

Intellectual Property and know-how

What is meant by intellectual property (IP)?

Intellectual property (IP) refers to the rightful ownership of intangible assets. Within this framework, the term "intellectual property" encompasses a range of rights that safeguard intellectual creations. Research discoveries are regarded as intellectual property, while IP encompasses inventions and patents, along with software (copyright), and expertise in a particular field (know-how).

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What does know-how mean?
How can I use or allow the utilization of my intellectual property or know-how?

Inventions and patents

What is an invention?

An invention is a creative achievement based on inventive activities that can be applied through new solutions and applications in the field of technology. An invention can be patented if it is novel, inventive in nature, and can be applied in a commercial context.

What do I need to do after making an invention at Forschungszentrum Jülich?
Should I keep my invention confidential?
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What is a license?

A license grants the licensee the use of an industrial property, know-how, or software. A company or a research institution can, for example, use a patent of Forschungszentrum Jülich as a licensee. A license can be tailored to individual requirements in terms of duration, scope, area of application, etc.

What is a licence agreement and how does it work?
How does an inventor benefit from a licensing agreement?
What are the requirements for licensable know-how?
Who conducts the licensing negotiations?

Software and open source

Can I offer my developed software to third parties through licensing?

Yes, you have the option to license your developed software to third parties. This can be achieved through traditional licensing agreements with proprietary terms or by utilizing open-source licensing models.

Since software is protected by copyright, the programmers usually hold the "individual" copyright, which allows them to be credited as creators, while the right of use is typically held by the employer.

At the Innovation Management, we collaborate with the respective institute to negotiate proprietary software licensing agreements. Moreover, our team offers valuable insights on different licensing models and how to publish software as open-source. To explore your options and receive expert guidance, feel free to contact our innovation management team for an advisory session.

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How do I choose the appropriate license for my software?
Should I make the software I have developed available on an open-source basis?

Spin-off and entrepreneurship

What is a spin-off company?

A spin-off company is a legally binding establishment of a company

The founding of a new, market- and profit-oriented company by current or former employees of Forschungszentrum Jülich is considered a spin-off. This can be based either on scientifically or technically developed intellectual property (IP) originating from Forschungszentrum Jülich (referred to as a 'Spin-Off') or solely on the expertise acquired by the founders during their time at Forschungszentrum Jülich (referred to as a 'Competence Spin-Off')."

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I have a spin-off idea. What should I do now?
How can I receive training opportunities for my transfer idea?

Project funding

How can I explore funding opportunities and get assistance with funding applications?

Find a curated selection of funding programs for any kind of transfer and innovation project in our project funding information.

The External Funding Management (D) at Forschungszentrum Jülich offers a broad selection of funding programs on the intranet, making it easier for you to discover your opportunities. You can utilize their External Funding Portal's search function to find specific funding options that align with your goals. Access the External Funding Portal on the FZJ intranet.

If you have any inquiries regarding funding opportunities or intend to apply for funding, do not hesitate to reach out to our Innovation Management. They are eager to offer expert advice and support throughout the funding application process.

Whether you need guidance on eligibility criteria, application procedures, or any other aspect, the Innovation Management will help you to navigate the funding landscape.

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How does Forschungszentrum Jülich assist its scientists in securing funding for transfer projects?
Are there internal funding opportunities at Forschungszentrum Jülich?

Knowledge transfer

What is the goal of knowledge transfer?

Knowledge transfer plays a pivotal role in harnessing research findings for the betterment of society. It serves as a two-way process, where target groups from various sectors enrich research endeavors with new perspectives, helping to shape their scientific direction.

Through knowledge transfer, citizens within these target groups gain access to valuable scientific evidence, empowering them to make informed decisions. This exchange of knowledge facilitates a mutually beneficial relationship, where research benefits society, and society, in turn, contributes to the advancement of research.

Who are the target groups of knowledge transfer, and how does Forschungszentrum Jülich engage with them?
How can I get funding for knowledge transfer projects?

Last Modified: 12.03.2024