Precautions and application
The process for obtaining patents and managing the transfer of technology to companies is summed up in the following steps:
Si sus resultados de investigación pueden tener interés comercial, o estuviera en marcha el procedimiento para la obtención de una patente, le rogamos tome en consideración las advertencias siguientes sobre:
Dissemination and publication of results
In order to comply with novelty status, you may not publish or disclose the content of a patent by any means before applying to the appropriate body, the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM).
Once you have submitted the application, you may publish the content of the invention without having to wait for the patent to be granted. However, after applying for the patent, you may include new and additional information in the same application, provided that it has not been disclosed.
You should therefore seek advice from the Patent Department at the Research Management Service before disclosing or publishing any information.
These preventive measures apply to: scientific presentations: oral presentations, abstracts, posters, published articles (including on the Internet), doctoral dissertations, non-confidential correspondence and reports, press releases, and all non-confidential forms of disseminating information to the public, even to a small number of people.
Confidentiality agreements protect scientific and technical information provided to people from other academic and research institutions or company representatives for the sole purpose of carrying out scientific and technical assessments or assessments of innovative and commercial potential.
If you are considering sending information regarding your research or a patent application to a person or company, please let the Research Management Service know and we will prepare a confidentiality agreement. Once the person or company has signed the agreement, there will be proof that the information was provided as private and confidential, exclusively for non-commercial use.
If this agreement is not signed, the recipient of the information is free to use it and even distribute it to others without restrictions.
Material transfer agreement (MTA)
It is very common for researchers to transfer original research material, including chemical samples, cell lines, biological products, animal models (transgenic) and other substances generated during research whose uniqueness and usefulness make them especially valuable.
The transfer of these materials is usually carried out following the signing of a material transfer agreement (known as an MTA) to protect the property rights and patentability of the materials and their byproducts.
The Research Management Service is responsible for reviewing, managing and signing all MTAs for the receipt of material, as well as drafting MTAs for each specific case for shipping materials generated at the University of Navarra. If you find yourself in any of these situations, please contact the Research Management Service. Remember, you must not send the material until the Research Management Service has received the signed MTA from the recipient.
Participation of external researchers, visitors and scholarship recipients
When external researchers have participated in the invention process, a collaboration/transfer agreement is required to establish the conditions for collaboration and/or transfer and the method for obtaining, managing and exploiting the property rights.
These criteria also apply when a visiting scholar or scholarship recipient participates as the co-inventor of an innovation at the University.
If you believe the results of your activities may be commercially exploitable, please notify the Research Management Service as soon as possible in order to exercise the applicable property rights.
Before publishing your results, you should fill in a Research Protection Application Questionnaire and send it (by internal post in a well-sealed envelope) or deliver it in person to the offices of the Research Management Service (the Muga Building).
Remember that you must not publish your results before lodging a patent application. Once you have sent the questionnaire, do not publish or disclose anything relating to your invention without prior consultation.