Talk: Martin Unglert, Dr. Katja Siegers; Dr.-Ing. Tilo Streibl, Dr. Sindre W. Haugland (March 30, 2023 at 2:00 PM, Seminar room N2408, Zoom)

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On March 30, 2023 at 2:00 PM, Martin Unglert, Dr. Katja Siegers; Dr.-Ing. Tilo Streibl, Dr. Sindre W. Haugland from TUM ForTe; BayPAT will be giving a talk in the Seminar room N2408 and via Zoom about "Technology Transfer at TUM – From Invention to Patent".

Technology Transfer at TUM – From Invention to Patent

Martin Unglert, Dr. Katja Siegers; Dr.-Ing. Tilo Streibl, Dr. Sindre W. Haugland

TUM ForTe and BayPAT


How scientists write and publish scientific papers is often already addressed during undergraduate studies and deepened during the doctoral thesis. In contrast, the fact that research can also gain value through patents is often overlooked. How this potential can be used and what one should know and consider in this context will be the subject of this presentation. The presentation will explain the path from invention disclosure to patent application, granted patent and, in the best case, commercialization. We are pleased that technology transfer from inventions to industry has a very high priority at TUM and that technology transfer has experienced continued success. As an entrepreneurial university, there is also a strong focus at TUM on providing students and researcher with the best possible support to enable them to set up their own companies with their ideas.

This is where patents come into play, allowing inventions and innovative technologies to be claimed, not just in an academic sense.

The lecture will give an insight into the processes that takes place until an IP right is granted and how commercialization results in a profit distribution for the inventors. In addition, legal requirements resulting from the German Employee Invention Act will be discussed, as well as how student inventors can get information and support from TUM. Together with two experts from the Bayerischen Patentallianz (BayPAT), we want to address the following questions:

  • How is a patent structured?
  • How does it differ from a scientific publication?
  • What are the costs of a patent application and in which countries do I have to apply for a patent?
  • Is every invention patentable?

These and many other important points concerning patents and their commercialization are intended to raise awareness of how it is both possible and beneficial to patent an invention in addition to publishing it and that the two are not mutually exclusive.