Protecting Your Ideas

We work proactively to identify all technology behind our researchers’ projects and protect it in terms of intellectual property.

We have documents available for researchers to share their initiatives without affecting the protection of any technological development. Please feel free to request our support and advice regarding confidentiality agreements, material transfer or R&D documents. To contact us, click here.

Protecting your initiative: the small print

  • Non-Disclosure Agreements

A Non-Discolsure Agreement (NDA) is a confidentiality agreement signed by all parties involved prior to disclosing any information, technologies, or any other kind of knowledge to third parties. Get in touch with us and we will help you put your NDA together.

  • Material and Data Transfer Agreements

When third parties wish to receive, or transfer material from and to a UDD researcher, signing a Materials Transfer Agreement (MTA/DTA) is mandatory in order to establish rules and conditions prior to any transfer taking place. MTAs/DTAs describe the rights, responsibilities and limitations of providers and recipients relating to property, intellectual property, and possible uses (research purposes) of materials.

Why is Intellectual Property important for your research?

What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property (IP) refers to the intangible value of an invention, design, symbol or publication. IP is protected by law, for example: copyright, patent or brand. Safeguarding IP plays a vital role in the management of any organization’s intangible assets as well as in the sharing of inventors’ knowledge with third parties.

iCono UDD will help you develop your IP strategy — it’s part of our mission!

For successful IP protection, acting early on is vital. It is fundamental you protect you work from third parties before it is shared publicly as disclosing your discovery to others could put your research at risk. This is why if you are planning to publish, or share in any way, shape, or form your information with others, we strongly advise you to contact us immediately.

We analyze the most suitable type of IP protection for you. It is important for you to let us know of any new developments, or outcomes arising during your research so we are better able to identify new technologies, as well as any additional protectable and transferrable knowledge for you.

If you would like to learn more about how to protect your initiative, please click here to contact us.