UU Innovation

IP counselling

Protecting your idea

We help you to protect your research in the right way.

IP is often a prerequisite for successful commercialisation of an idea. Patents, trademarks, design protection and copyrights are some examples of how an idea can be protected.

We help to investigate the situation and suggest the form that fits your idea best. By becoming involved at an early stage, we can help to develop a sustainable strategy for protecting the idea based on your specific situation.

Patents - a strategic instrument

A patent provides broad protection for new technology. If an invention is intended to be licensed to another company, or used as the basis of a start-up company, patenting is usually a prerequisite. In a first step our IP advisers help to investigate the prerequisites for patent protection by, amongst other things, assessing novelty and judging the patentability.

Creating a powerful patent protection requires conscious planning of further research experiments and publishing. You cannot get a patent on an invention that is already published so it is important to do things in the right order. Simply put, this means that you must first protect your results by filing a patent application before publishing them at a conference or in an article.

We offer training in IP issues

Want to learn more about patents and other intellectual property and what is important to consider when research is commercialised, or put to use in another way?

UU Innovation provides training in IP issues for smaller and larger groups of scientists and students. Graduate courses, lectures and workshops tailored to your research- or student group.

We are happy to visit your group or department! For further questions, please contact our IP Advisors.

Advice and support for collaboration agreements

Questions regarding intellectual property rights and ownership often have a central place in collaborations between academic researchers and companies and/or other organisations. It is therefore important to enter into well-considered collaboration agreements, which regulate the rights of all parties involved. A collaboration agreement regulates, amongst other things, the rights to the results and the rules for publication.

In cooperation with the legal department, UU Innovation can help with advice, working models and agreements, so that a collaboration can be run in a way that benefits all parties.

Please contact us with your questions about the agreement, inventorship, ownership, rights etc., in various types of collaborative projects.

Interview: "The need is greater than many people think"

Sofia Nikolopoulou is an IP advisor at UU Innovation. She and her colleagues help researchers at Uppsala University, SLU, Karolinska Institutet and KTH Royal Institute of Technology on a daily basis with issues relating to patenting and intellectual property.

”If you want to commercialise an idea or research result, there are different ways to go. There’s a lot to consider for the individual researcher, but this is where we can help. We have very long experience in IP matters and IP strategies, and an understanding of a scientist’s daily existence. We also have good contacts, including patent offices that we can recommend for further work”, says Sofia Nikolopoulou.

In addition to providing support in the form of advice, searches for novelty and assessment of patentability, UU Innovation’s IP advisors train both students and researchers.

”We run a large number of training sessions per year, of varying scope. We get requests not only from research groups and institutions at our own university, but also from other universities in Sweden, and from ministries and agencies”, says Sofia Nikolopoulou.

Generally, the set-up of a training course depends on what is required, but the focus is seldom on just laws and regulations. We often use practical examples with a number of case studies that mimic real situations that many academic researchers will face, sooner or later.

”Our goal is to raise awareness of these types of issues, so that researchers will recognize the "triggers" and know what they need help with, and when”, says Sofia Nikolopoulou.

She would like to see more people contacting UU Innovation’s IP advisors and believes that the need is greater than many believe or understand.

Contractual issues related to cooperation projects and "sponsored" projects is an example of an area where there are many IP issues to consider. She also emphasizes that time is an important aspect for those who wish to commercialise research results and ideas.

”The earlier an IP advisor is engaged the better. The probability of success increases significantly, and publications need not be delayed, if you do it right from the beginning”, says Sofia Nikolopoulou.

Sofia Nikolopoulou