This is an introductory program for researchers who have interest in obtaining a patent but feel that the procedure is too difficult. A research administrator supports the researcher, from the moment he or she hits upon an idea that could be an invention all the way to submitting a patent application, by connecting the researcher and the intellectual property department of the university and/or a technology licensing organization (TLO). We also provide the researcher with an evaluation report of his or her research product based on prior art search and market value investigation.
|Application period||All year round (at all times)|
|Available to||Researchers who are participating in the Keihanshin Consortium for Fostering the Next Generation of Global Leaders in Research (K-CONNEX) and belong to Kyoto University. Support to researchers in Osaka and Kobe Universities is being prepared; please consult K-CONNEX Office.|
Flow of support
- A research administrator interviews a researcher whenever necessary to grasp the progress of research.
- Upon obtaining a new research product, the research administrator reports the contents to Kansai TLO, which investigates the usefulness from an industrial viewpoint.
- Upon judging that the research product is useful, Kansai TLO interviews the researcher to acquire a better understanding of the details. It performs a prior art search and a market value investigation and prepares an evaluation report. The research administrator prepares a report of the invention to be submitted to the intellectual property department of the university.
- Upon receiving the report, the intellectual property department of the university lays the matter before the Invention Evaluation Committee to deliberate whether the university will succeed to the intellectual property right of the invention or not.
- Upon deciding that the university is to succeed the intellectual property right, Kansai TLO and an entrusted patent attorney prepare the patent specification. The researcher and research administrator conduct the final confirmations.
- Once the patent specification is completed, the intellectual property department of the university files a patent application.
*All the expenses for prior art search, market value investigation, and filing a patent application are covered by the university.
Person in charge of joint research support (Yamaguchi)