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Intellectual Property at the University of Otago

Otago Innovation has an Intellectual Property manager for you to get advice

Otago Innovation has a registered patent attorney Tomas Ribeiro, right here on staff. tomas-ribeiro1

As an Otago University researcher, you can ask Tomas any questions you may have about Intellectual Property. Regardless of how much you may or may not know about Intellectual Property, this service is available to use at no cost to you. 

How Patenting your  idea can be advantageous to your Publishing career

There is a myth that you can’t patent and publish. This is not our experience, and we’ve found the opposite to be true.

We are very conscious that publishing is integral to academic success, and we’re very keen to ensure that continues while at the same time preserving your idea for future commercial opportunities.

Talk to one of our team in person about your idea

Discover how Otago Innovation may pay for your Patenting costs if you transfer your technology

An important part of many commercial opportunities is patent protection. Strong patents are highly valued by commercial partners and investors who may be interested in the technology.

Prior to patent protection, the key is to avoid public disclose of your discovery. Example, inadvertent disclosure may occur via seminar, public talk, conference proceedings, posters and published articles. We know that opportunities have been lost due to inadvertent disclosure, so if you’re unsure please contact Tomas to explore this further.

Talk to Tomas about Intellectual Property for your idea

Determining ownership of your Intellectual Property

If an invention is successfully commercialised, under the University of Otago Intellectual Property Policy, inventors and contributors are eligible to receive a share of the financial rewards from that venture.