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Employees of the Charité

Since 2002 the German high education system incorporated a third major pillar “technology transfer”, to the former two pillars “research” and “teaching”. To encourage technology transfer, the German federal and state governments have created variety of subsidy programs with the aim to create favorable conditions for universities and scientists willing to carry out research with economic advantage.

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Exploitation of scientific outcome

Since 2002 the German high education system incorporated a third major pillar "technology transfer", to the former two pillars "research" and "teaching". To encourage technology transfer, the German federal and state governments have created variety of subsidy programs with the aim to create favorable conditions for universities and scientists willing to carry out research with economic advantage. Due to comparatively long developmental times for generating new products (ideas) and services in the field of medicine, patents based on inventions are usually the only "intermediate products" that can be commercialized by scientists and universities. The establishment of start-up companies may also provide yet an interesting opportunity of making an economic use of the scientific research results.

You are looking for:

  • Contacts to Charité-internal Invention- Office
  • Information on "patents"
  • Information on intellectual property rights – queries on contract administration and management
  • Information on subsidiary programs and funds
  • Assistance in filing an application
  • Contact to companies
  • Information on "spin-off creation"
  • Information on "regulatory affairs"
  • External (industry) experts

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Focal points of consultancy

Inventions / patents

Patents, copyrights, trademark and related rights protection serve the purpose to protect intellectual property and thus form legally protected areas which can secure high investment in developing new technologies.

How does the Charité-inventor benefit of disclosing an invention?

In 2002 was created a new legal framework within the Employee Invention Act which brought considerable facilitation and improvement in the procedure of patent application and exploitation for university employees. Furthermore, with the implementation of this legal parameter university stuff have obtained the right of profit participation whenever an innovation is commercialized:

  • Inventions made by university employees are in ownership of the university which shall bear the costs and economic risks.
  • The inventor or the inventor community receives 30% of the gross revenues. This means that the inventor will be reimbursed also in cases, in which the patent costs exceeded the patent revenues. Contrary to the previous scheme (university professors’ privilege) this new legal framework ensures that university inventors are not exposed to any economic risks followed by intellectually property rights declaration.
  • The university inventor shall be exempt from the administrative formalities, shall carry no cost on the patent application procedure and is only required to cooperate in the entire procedure. The patent administration is carried out by the technology transfer office of the Charité
  • Published patents constitute scientific publications.

How do I disclose an invention?

If you have made an invention or just want to check whether your invention contains patentable discoveries or ideas, please fill in the form "invention disclosure": Invention_disclosure_form

Please send the completed invention disclosure form to the technology transfer office of the Charité:

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Campus Charité Mitte
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin 

Please make sure that you have named all of the inventors contributing to the invention and that each of them has signed the invention disclosure. Once we have received the completed invention disclosure form, you will be notified with a confirmation of receipt. The subsequent course of action is to be agreed between you and the technology transfer team.

Important for you to know
– Patent and publications

An invention is patentable, only if it is new. In terms of patentability it is considered for new, if the underlying idea or invention has not been previously published, including any kind of publication not even in form of posters, abstracts, lectures, presentations, theses, etc.

The fundamental rule is: First apply for a patent, and then you may publish!

If you are only about to publish your invention, nevertheless you are encouraged to file a patent application. The patent application procedure is carried out in few days of time and therefore this will not affect or delay your plans for publishing.

Other important Information:

  • Inventions must be reported to the employer. Please use the invention disclosure form.
  • The Charité technology transfer office fulfills the duties and rights on behalf of the employer.
  • According to § 4 ArbErfG an employee invention is any scientific idea leading to technological action that has emerged in the context of the university employment relationship.
  • The university (technology transfer office) must decide if it intends to take use of the invention within (the following) four month from the date of invention disclosure.
  • If the inventor has planned to turn the invention into a publication and states the submission date of publication, thus the decision process shortens from four to two months.
  • The university is obligated to arrange the intellectual property rights disclosure for any invention in claim.
  • The university shall decide the various countries in which the invention is to be patented. The countries for which the university in not intending to apply for a patent shall be disclosed to the inventor / team of inventors.

Poduct ideas

To exploit knowledge, scientists do need funding

Product ideas, regardless of whether patent- protected or not, evolve further elaboration processes before being commercialized. Thus, the product creation process costs money. For this purpose, the German government and state has implemented several funding modules in support of knowledge transfer.

We are glad to help you finding an appropriate funding for your project

Numerous of funding tenders are offered at German federal and regional level. These individual funding modules support different research packages, depending on the objectives of the aid programs.  Please, feel free to contact us and we are glad to inform you on the possibilities that various funding programs may offer and try finding the best suitable one for your project.

We are happy to support you in the process of submitting a grant application

Application form guidelines may differ in their validation criteria for application, depending on the type of funding programs/modules and objectives.  We are glad to provide you with various tips on how best to apply for an appropriate funding program or put you in touch with consultants who may help you with your grant application.  Furthermore, we are happy to guide you through the Charité- administration procedure dealing with grant application issues, as well as assist you in establishing contacts with the project executing organization.

We are glad to help you finding cooperation partners from the industry

Numerous funding programs give a targeted support to cooperation between business and science. We are willing to identify and evaluate a suitable cooperation partner for you and support you on issues related to legal confidentiality aspects.

We are glad in helping you to catch up an advice of an expert

Academic stuff have little proven expertise and knowledge on market analysis, regulatory issues or topics related to specific product developmental processes and marketing.
In order to assess associated economic risks and trends properly, be able to make an efficient use of own resources, and ensure that they can convert their research work into market-oriented products and projects, scientists may require the supportive expertise of a specialist. Please feel free to contact us and we will try arranging for you free of charge consultation with experts.

Start-up projects

Establishment of a company

A way of commercialising one or more inventions generated from your research work is by forming a start-up company in which you can develop your idea into a product or service.

Financing of start-ups

The German federal government operates several funding programmes aiming in supporting academic stuff intending to found a company. The technology transfer office team is glad to help you with information on funding programs and if desired, put you in touch with coaches and consultants to support you in the process of grant application. 
In the frame of a cooperation project „Profund Innovation“, Charité  technology transfer office is working closely with the business creation team of the Freie Universität Berlin.

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Complementation of competencies

The founder teams of university spin-offs dispose over good scientific expertise but often require training and proficiency in economic and regulatory skills. We are glad to assist you in finding experts and supervisors as well as training opportunities to acquire the necessary skills and competences in economic or regulatory related issues.

Regulatory issues

We are happy to offer you a first training / consultation on regulatory and legal issues, in case you plan the development of CE- certified medical product/device.

Qualification trainings, seminars, business plan competition

In and around Berlin, you may find various opportunities on educational and training programs focused on business creation projects. Among these are for example, the seminar program of the business plan competition Berlin-Brandenburg, the FUNpreneur competition for students, the BB-Life seminars on regulatory aspects, the MBA BioMedTech the University of Potsdam and the TCC seminars. Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in any of these or other programmes and we will endeavour to find an appropriate offer that might suit your interest.

Industrial Offers

Pfizer Worldwide Research & Development (WRD), offers number of opportunities for collaboration and invites you to join the open innovation initiative

PDF Link with Areas of Interest

Pfizer Worldwide Research & Development

Discovery Partnerships with Academia (DPAc) (GSK)
Discovery Partnerships with Academia (DPAc) is a new approach to early drug discovery.

Grants4Tech by Bayer Healthcare AG

With the Grants4Tech robotic challenge, Bayer aims to strengthen the bond between the Lifescience industry and academic robotic research communities and enthusiasts. We aim for a complete new class of applications based on modern robotics.

Grants4Leads by Bayer Healthcare AG

The Grants4Leads initiative of Bayer Healthcare is looking for novel small-molecule leads that relate particularly to the fields of oncology, cardiology, hematology and gynecological therapies

Grants4Apps by Bayer Healthcare AG

Bayer HealthCare is looking for innovative novel software, hardware, technologies, or processes that can be applied on particular areas contributing to improve health outcomes or pharmaceutical processes.

Grants4Indications™ by Bayer Healthcare AG

Bayer HealthCare is looking for ideas for a new indication using Bayer compounds. Bayer is promoting the exploration of new indications by offering grants and further financial support.
Grants4Targets by Bayer Healthcare AG

Bayer HealthCare allocates grants for the exploration of attractive, novel drug targets and biomarkers in the fields of: Oncology, Gynecology, Cardiology and Hematology.

Annual deadlines for submission are March 31 and August 31.

Merck Biopharma Open Innovation Portal

Merck offers number of opportunities for collaboration and invites you to join the open innovation initiative.

Funding programs

Funding Programs

We are glad to offer you consultation and support on subsidy programs aiming to support knowledge and technology transfer. Additionally, we are happy to help you and guide you in finding funding programs focused on specific scientific topics and aiming to support cooperation projects between university and small and medium enterprises (SME).

Topic specific funding programs

Please find a selection of topic-specific funding programs of the German government.
(All funding programs are in German language)

Via this Link you may learn about EU funding opportunities for your research, including HORIZON 2020 Programs.

Funding programs with enterprises

Please find here information about funding programs, which aim in supporting R&D collaboration projects between SME (small and medium enterprise) and university.

Funding programs without enterprises

On this page you will find information about funding programs provided by the German government which aim in supporting knowledge and technology transfer projects. (All funding programs are in German language)