Patents represent a means through which the University promotes technology transfer and structures collaboration with companies. Teachers, researchers and all the individuals involved in an invention falling within the University’s research and education activities can patent it in order to ensure an effective legal protection for innovation and to derive profit from the scientific publication practices that are becoming more and more usual.

The patent

Patents represent a means through which the University promotes technology transfer and structures collaboration with companies. Teachers, researchers and all the individuals involved in an invention falling within the University’s research and education activities can patent it in order to ensure an effective legal protection for innovation and to derive profit from the scientific publication practices that are becoming more and more usual.

A patent is a legal title by means of which an exclusive temporary right is vested for inventions that are new, susceptible of industrial application, and which significantly contribute to the progress of the state of the art. Through the (product or process) patent, the holder is the only one who is able to produce or apply, use, market, sale or import the technology. From this point of view, the patent represents an irreplaceable instrument for innovators to be able to keep the competitive advantage acquired through the investments in research and development.

How to register a patent

Patent applications can be filed by employees and all the individuals who perform research activities making use of University structures and instrumentation. The Technical Patent Commission decides upon the application. This Commission coordinates the drawing up and filing of patent applications of any kind, including those belonging to the University.