The Founders Forge, in cooperation with the Training Center for Technology and Environment (FTU), offer the educational event “From Invention to Innovation” twice a year. The half-day event is targeted towards all KIT employees and tells the participants how they can protect their inventions as intellectual property (IP) and at the same time profit from them. They get to know the tools of technology transfer and get an impression of the procedure of innovation exploitation at KIT.
On October 7th, a total of 15 participants came together to take part in the series of events. Four topics were addressed in the four hour seminar.
- Patent utilization
- Market analysis and exploitation strategy
- Contract models and design – Beware of traps!
- High-tech start-ups from science.
The KIT was represented here in many ways; starting with Ph. D. Candidates, through KIT scientists, up to a professor. The active participation at the seminar shows that the topic “innovation and its exploitation” is an important topic not only among students and scientists but also professors. In discussing the different thematic areas it became apparent that especially the topic patent law poses many questions. For illustration purposes, complicated issues of everyday life were described. The IP consultants of the KIT Innovation Management were in great demand here. They aided the participants with difficult questions. In the seminar, the awareness for patents and their scientific importance, especially as far as technological exploitation is concerned, was raised among all participants.
The next “From Invention to Innovation” course takes place on March 16th, 2015. All scientific employees and managers of the KIT, who want to get to know the basics of a successful patent exploitation, are invited. Registration is already available and can be done through FTU. You can find further information at the Founders Forge.