Innovation and commercialization
What do you do when you come up with an idea or technology that has commercial potential?
Duty to report
University employees have a duty to notify Inven2 of research results with commercial potential that are obtained by employees during their work for the university. If you are in doubt as to whether your research results have commercial potential, contact Inven2 (former Birkeland Innovation).
Inven2 is UiO’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO) and is responsible for receiving and evaluating research results obtained at the University of Oslo which have a potential for commercial exploitation.
If the results are considered to have a commercial potential, Inven2 will secure rights to the results and handle the commercialization process. Inven2 thereby contributes to the transfer of technology to the business sector and to the creation of new jobs.
In cases where UiO acquires an employee’s rights to research results, the employee has a right to remuneration from UiO. UiO has implemented a policy on rights which regulates any net income as follows: one-third to the inventor/employee, one-third to UiO and one-third to Birkeland Innovation.
Publishing in connection with commercialisation
Employees have the right to publish, but if it is intended to commercialize the invention, Inven2 must be contacted so that the rights to the results are secured before publishing takes place. If the rights are not secured before publication, it will mean that the invention cannot be commercialized. Other conditions for publishing are:
- that notification of the intention to publish is given at the same time as the research results are reported to Inven2
- that any agreement with a third party must not prevent publishing or commercialization by UiO