An invention is a technical solution to a specific problem. The object of an invention, or the solution described therein, could be a device, a method, a substance (including biological substance) or a combination of them. An invention can be protected by a patent if it answers to the criteria of patentability:
If You feel that the solution You thought out satisfies the aforementioned requirements, please contact one of our Technology Transfer Officers:
Provision of services
Providing services and consultations outside of the University is a good way to find additional financial means for activities which are necessary, but not possible through available research funds. So the funds earned by providing services can be used for bonuses, equipment maintenance costs, acquirement of small equipment etc.Contractual scientific and development work
Companies often need help with solving their problems, developing new services and products, testing out ideas etc. Solving these questions often requires a larger scientific inquiry and a more thorough research a simple service or consultation could offer. In that case, it is reasonable to form a contractual scientific and development cooperation, which has enough capacity and resources for whole workgroups to investigate in a timeframe suitable for a science project.
For example, the University of Tartu has made a number of applied research projects to EAS, many projects have been supported from structural funds, but contracts funded entirely by the company itself is a growing trend. The latest examples are Lockheed Martin, Pfizer, Nestle and so on.
With questions involving cooperation with businesses, please contact our Business Relations Coordinator:
Business Relations Coordinatorsven.lilla [ät] ut.ee
Phone: +372 737 4809
Before companies or investors may want to invest in Your idea, It must be presented in a way that is easy to assess by the donor. For that, ideas found in studies, research or scientific work must often be further developed and presented as a products/services, business models or working prototypes.
The business counsellor will help You to “repackage” Your ideas. This means assessing their business potential, but also their feasibility, for example, determining their scaling possibilities. Most of this packaging is done in the process of forming a business plan. You may be among them, who have started a spin-off or start-up company.
Services for scientists, lecturers and employees:
Contact a counsellor to agree on an initial consultation. Consultations are free of charge and confidential. Start-up and spin-off companies are consulted by a business development counsellor:
Business Development Counselloraivar.pere [ät] ut.ee
Phone: +372 737 4810