For Inventors

Technology Transfer Office under RPDTTD supports the protection and commercialization processes of the Intellectual Property (IP) based technologies that are resulted from the research conducted at the Koç University Laboratories. Technology Transfer Office translates scientific results that might have commercial potential to marketable products or processes by transferring early stage technologies to public while returning income to the university. You can contact us any time if you need help or support in the text of these subjects.

Invention Disclosure Process

Why would I disclose my invention?

If there would be a successful commercialization, along with the personal income and  possibilities of new projects with industrial partners you would also have the prestigious instance of transferring your technology to the public use. Disclosing your invention is the first step of protecting it. Invention Disclosure Forms are first evaluated by Technology Transfer Office from the stand point of commercial potential and protection methodology. Commercialization strategy of the specific technology is set with the cooperation of our strategic partner Inventram at this stage.

How would I disclose my invention?

You can communicate the Koç University Invention Disclosure Form after filling it out precisely. Invention Disclosure Form is a form developed by Koç University that would help you to disclose the inventions that are conducted in the University Laboratories on your research subject by using the University resources in full detail. You can reach the form from this link.

Ownership of the IP

All the IP rights of the inventions that are created in Koç University Laboratories with the University resources by the academics, master and doctorate students belong to Koç University.

When to disclose my Invention?

Invention disclosure forms have to be submitted to the technology transfer office before any written or oral public presentation to the third parties. By the “Third party” it is meant any written, oral or visual description of the invention including attendance to a conference or meeting, publication of a paper on a journal or o poster presentation.

Who is the Inventor?

The inventor is the one who owns the idea of the invention’s essential element. The prototype studies that had been developed in the working process of the idea of the invention, people who are conducting the experiments or graphing the technical drawings have to be evaluated aside from the invention itself.  Technology Transfer Office does not play an active role on deciding the inventorship, TTO counts on the declaration on the Invention Disclosure forms that are filled out by the inventors.

Patent Application Process

Once RPDTTD receives the Invention Disclosure form, the invention is evaluated on the patentability criteria with the inventor. Then keeping the commercialization potential of the invention in mind, a protection strategy is set and the patent application process starts. Patent application can be either a PCT application or a TR application depending on the protection strategy decided. Patent application text is prepared aiming the maximum scope of protection by the help of the inventor. Also the application is aimed to be filed at the soonest possible time in order for giving the inventor freedom of publication. At the certain times of the patent prosecution process, the invention is assessed both from a technical point of view and commercial potential. Therefore important decisions such as national entries, continuity of protection, assessment of the office actions, revisions of the scope of the claims are made.

Licensing Process

  • “Technology Transfer” process starts with the protection of the idea/invention in the form of “Intellectual Property”.
  • Patent Protection: Only the inventions that have a potential of “Commercial value” are protected by the University. This decision is not about the stage of the development, but about the commercial potential of the technology.
  • Building and managing a patent portfolio: The technologies that are applied for patents are dealt as patent portfolio and managed accordingly (by creating a center of excellence).
  • Finding the commercial partners: At this stage, by the help of our strategic partner Inventram, the players on that market are assessed and at the direction of the commercialization strategy an active search for the potential commercial partner starts. After this process, if a successful commercialization is achieved, RPDTTD distributes the income from the license according to the university’s standard revenue sharing policy.
  • Transfer of the technology to the market: Once the technology is under protection as Intellectual Property, the most ideal commercialization route for that specific technology is assessed again with our partner Inventram
    • Technology Licensing
    • IP – based Start-up formation / Entrepreneurship
    • Joint research partnerships