For Inventors

RPDTTD manages the Intellectual Property protection and commercialization pathway 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 determined in cooperation with Koç University’s strategic partner Inventram.

How would I disclose my invention?

You need to fill out the Koç University Invention Disclosure Form and hand in to RPDTTD Office.  Invention Disclosure Form is designed for communicating the inventions emerged from Koç University Laboratories.  You can reach the form from this link.

Ownership of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Intellectual Property Rights of the inventions that are generated at Koç University Laboratories using University resources by the academicians, researchers and the graduate students belong to Koç University.

When to disclose my Invention?

Invention disclosure forms have to be submitted to RPDTTD before any written or oral public disclosure to the third parties; meaning any written, oral or visual description of the invention such as presentation of the technology in a conference/meeting, publication of a paper or a poster presentation.

Who is the Inventor?

The inventor is the one who owns the idea of the invention’s essential element or has solid intellectual contribution to the invention. People who conduct the experiments, graphing the technical drawings or contributes prototype studies that had been developed in the working process of the idea have to be evaluated aside from the invention itself. RPDTTD does not play an active role on the assignment of the inventorship, RPDTTD counts on the declaration by the Invention Disclosure form.

Patent Application Process

Once RPDTTD receives the Invention Disclosure form, the invention is evaluated on the basis of patentability criteria. The final decision is made by the Intellectual Property Counsel of the University. Once the IP protection strategy is determined, the patent prosecution procedure starts. Patent application can either be through PCT or TPI depending on the protection strategy. Patent application document is drafted in collaboration with the inventors. Also the application is aimed to be filed at the soonest possible time in order for giving the inventor freedom of publication. The technology is assessed periodically both from a technical point of view and commercial potential throughout the patent prosecution. Critical decisions such as national entries, continuity of protection, assessment of the office actions, revisions of the scope of the claims are made accordingly.

Licensing Process

  • “Technology Transfer” process starts with the protection of the invention in the form of an “Intellectual Property”.
  • Patent Protection: Only the inventions that are believed to have “Commercial potential” are protected. This decision is not about the stage of the development, but about the commercial potential of the technology.
  • Building and managing the patent portfolio: The technologies that are applied for patents are dealt as patent portfolio and managed accordingly.
  • Finding the commercial partners: At this stage, by the help of our strategic partner Inventram, an active search for the potential commercial partners are investigated. If the technology is monetized, RPDTTD distributes the revenue according to the Koç University IP Policy.
  • Transfer of the technology to the market: The most ideal commercialization route for the specific technology is agreed on with our strategic partner Inventram
    • Technology Licensing
    • IP – based Start-up formation / Entrepreneurship
    • Joint research partnerships