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.

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