Intellectual property rights are a powerful tool to facilitate R&D collaboration between VUB research teams, society and industry. Therefor it is crucial to consider your IP rights in time during the valorisation process, when you are developing your research results towards commercial applications.
Intellectual property rights prevent unauthorized use of your research results by third parties and as such allow you to determine (through negotiation) the conditions of research collaboration, attract funding or investment. They allow VUB and yourself to profit from commercial exploitation and - last but not least - safeguard your freedom to operate.
There are several types of IP rights. Proper understanding and strategic combination of these types of IP - including publications of your research results - guarantee best outcome and fit with your R&D and valorization strategy. Contact VUB Tech Transfer for further advice.
Above all, please contact us about the possibilities before publishing your research.
Adequate documentation of your research results is essential for obtaining or using the necessary IP rights.