Inventions and patents

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Many scientists are hesitant about patenting an invention because they anticipate that publishing their results will be restricted by a patent application. This is not correct. In principle, results can be published in a journal or other medium as soon as a patent has been filed. Moreover: the patent office will publish the patent document 18 months after filing this application. This counts as an entry in the researcher's list of publication.

Important: Keep your invention absolutely confidential prior to the date of filing the patent application.

If information on the invention is disclosed to the public prior to the patent application (lectures, posters, conference talks ...), a patent application will be impossible.

Please, disclose your invention in writing to ETH transfer.

More information on the invention disclosure.

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