Do I Need a Patent?
What is a patent?
Patents grant the right to exclude others from using (and commercializing) your technology in the country in which the patent is registered for a period of 20 years.
It is important that all researchers consult with Yissum BEFORE pIublishing their research to identify possible commercial value and if a patent is needed to protect it before public disclosure. The term “Public disclosure” includes any web-based publication (article, Archive, abstract of lecture), lecture or other oral presentation, student thesis placed on the HU web sites.
This includes publishing
- Bio Archives
- Oral or other presentation
- Student Thesis
We will ensure that the patent will not prevent the researcher from timely publishing and/or presenting the technology for scientific purposes. Initial patents may be “informal” (provisional) based on an article text, There is no need for additional effort by the researcher..
To apply for a patent the technology needs to:
- Be new, as compared to in all previous scientific articles or patents that were published
- Be inventive (not a trivial change from prior publication)
- The patent’s text needs to detail the technology in a manner similar to a scientific article
Please note that patents do not prevent scientists from conducting academic research in the same area, for non-commercial purposes.
Patents issued to the Hebrew University can be utilized commercially in several ways:
- They can protect an actual technology/product to be produced.
- They can be leveraged to collect fees from another company that needs the patent to produce its own product.
- They can be used as means to raise funds for a start-up company or to attract the attention of a commercial entity.
Examples of typical areas where you can get a patent:
- Products (new molecules, new biologics, new devices)
- Combinations (formulations and compositions made of several known ingredients, systems made of several known elements connected in a new way).
- Algorithms, industrial processes of production, diagnostic methods