The Tech Transfer Process
This is a detailed look at the steps involved in moving an invention from the Lab to the marketplace. For an important overview of your responsibilities as an inventor, please see What You Need to Know and Do.
Researchers are encouraged to contact the Patent Group at x7058 to discuss any research that may have produced an invention.
The Tech Transfer for Berkeley Lab Researchers brochure can be found here. Please note, the Acting Tech Transfer Department Head is Jeff Blair, x-7025, JABlair@lbl.gov.
Invent or Develop Software or Produce Tangible Research Product
The transfer of technology begins with an invention, development of computer software, or a tangible research product. We focus here on inventions in describing the process and point out any major differences that apply to other forms of intellectual property.
What is an invention: A patentable invention is a new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, composition of matter, or an improvement thereof.
It must be:
- Novel - unique or different from what has been previously published, patented, or practiced
- Useful - serves some purpose, and
- Non-obvious - sufficiently different from what has come before it that it would not be obvious to someone having ordinary skill in the field to which the invention pertains.