Seminar on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

February 28th, 2014

Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in partnership with, a project of the Romanian Institute of Science and Technology, organized with the support of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) a seminar regarding the exchange of best practices and consulting in intelectual property (IP) and technology transfer (TT), on February 28, 2014.

Why a TTO?

The first section had as speaker Mr. Andrei Catana, cofounder of the EPFL TTO – one of the most effective TTO’s in Europe.  In this section, Mr. Catana talks about subjects such as ”what is a TTO, how is it organized, human resources, activities, partners, from invention to license (with examples in different domains), problems and solutions, cost optimization, contractual tools with sample clauses, motivating the inventors, entrepreneurship and start-ups.

Patents in academia

In section two, Mr. André Roland – Swiss Patent Attorney and judge at the Swiss Federal Patent Court patents in the academia, touched on subjects such as ”why do you need a patent’s specialist”, issues/solutions, dialog partners and different phases of interaction for patent application’s filing, types of patents, strategies for cost optimization, to-do’s and not-to-do’s, examples.

Intellectual property in academia

In section three, Mrs. Francoise Chardonnens – IP’s specialist at EPFL, developer of the internal politics of EPFL who has worked on Swiss federal law of work related inventions, talked about intellectual property in academia, laws and models and how they were implemented at EPFL, examples from elsewhere, problems/solutions, software protection and licensing (patents vs. copyright, open source examples).

Work related inventions in Romania

In the last section, Mrs. Raluca Vasilescu from the Oproiu Patent Attorney Office Bucharest – professional representative of EPO and PCT in Romania, discussed the issues concerning work related inventions in Romania.