Researchers and inventors

Aalto University actively promotes the commercialisation of research results. Invention disclosure is an employee’s notification to Aalto about the invention, required by law. Inventions are disclosed to Innovation Services by submitting an invention disclosure.

Intellectual property and invention disclosure

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Management of intellectual property (IP) is important and has several potential benefits for researchers. IP makes the invention more attractive for commercial funding and partnering. Research co-operation with companies and patenting is also one way to achieve scientific excellence and new discoveries.

The inventor or inventors must inform Aalto University without delay after having made an invention covered by the Act on the Right in Inventions Made at Higher Education Institutes by submitting a written, dated and signed invention disclosure form to Aalto University.

Invention is a technical solution to a technical problem, which is not obvious or evident to a professional in the relevant technical field. Researchers are required to sign agreements concerning intellectual property in externally funded projects.

Invention disclosure is an employee’s notification to the employer about the invention, required by law. Aalto employee should submit an invention disclosure without delay after having made an invention.

Innovation Services evaluates the invention. It is crucial to keep the invention secret and confidential after submission.

Invention disclosure

Innovation coordinator helps inventors and researchers in all matters in submitting the invention and early stages of the invention process.

Innovation advisors evaluate the invention and support researchers in the preparation of commercialisation projects. They are also responsible of protecting Intellectual Property Rights owned by Aalto University and of negotiating and executing the transfer and license agreements with commercial entity.

Commercialisation funding

Commercialisation needs resources for further development of an invention. Selected funding instruments are dedicated to conduct Proof-of-Relevance and Proof-of-Concept.

Funding for commercialising research results

Pre-incubator programme

R2B, or the Research to Business pre-incubator programme, is open year-round to original innovations and inventions based on research at Aalto University. The programme is especially for projects that are at the idea stage and that focus on technological research. Once these projects have incorporated, Aalto Startup Center can offer them its Business Generator accelerator programme.

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