In Summer Semester 2019 within the framework of the Knowledge Transfer Centre South (WTZ Süd) a new course will continue to be held at the Graz University of Technology. The goal is to contribute to the professionalisation of industry-science-co-operations by conveying essential competences to different target groups.

Course “Inventions, Patents, and Technology Exploitation”

  • Seminar for PhD-Students
  • to be held in SS 2019
  • to be held in English
  • one semester credit hour, blocked

Students from other universities may simply register at the Graz University of Technology. More details at


  • Intellectual Property
    Fundamentals on intellectual property and intangible property rights / IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) general overview of the topic „IPR“, as opposed to tangible goods
    Classification of Intellectual Property Rights: patents, registered designs and brands, properties, differences and similarities
    Patent Laws: general provisions of the Patent Law in Austria as well as in Europe, invention, patentability, requirements
  • Patent Search
    Drawing up a patent strategy: Criteria and deadlines of the patent application process starting with the patent specification and ending with the granting of a patent, advantages and disadvantages of different patent application procedures (countries, regions), financial and legal effects of patent applications
    Patent protection and dealing with employee inventions
  • Commercialisation of Intellectual Property
    Commercialisation strategy, Drawing up a commercialisation strategy: Preparation of a Technology Offer, „Do´s & Dont´s“ of a successful research and contacting of potential licensees/buyers of the technology. The goal is to present to the audience how the invention may professionally be commercialised. Commercialisation options, negotiations: In order to demonstrate the three most important commercialisation options for intellectual property – sale, licensing and start-ups, the participants will be able to take part and play different roles in a special „Licensing-Game“ in order to practise in a real negotiation situation. The goal is to teach the participants how to gain more security and professionalism in the commercialisation of their invention and intellectual property (License agreements, etc.)
  • Handling of IPR in Contracts
    Co-operations with industrial partners in third-party funded projects as well as in contractual research or service contracts (Non-Disclosure-Agreements, Material Transfer Agreement, etc.)


  • Knowledge on intellectual property and intangible property rights as opposed to tangible goods
  • Defining appropriate intellectual property rights, clearly state the difference and similarities
  • Performing a proper patent search, decide independently if the research project and/or a patent application is reasonable or not in a particular case
  • Developing patenting and commercialisation strategies
  • Knowledge on important issues in handling inventions in third-party funded co-operation projects and all about the legal provisions of the transfer of intellectual property rights to industrial partners
  • Knowledge on most important points as well as pitfalls for IPR in contracts as well as R&D contracts and avoiding the most common Problems


Written by: Graz University of Technology, AM
on: 08/01/2019