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Three steps to TT

For a successfull start-up or new business you need
1. To own unique technology
2. Have access to a market
3. Have manpower and finance

Owning Unique Technology

For technology transfer (into a start-up or in an existing company) you need to protect your unique invention or technology which distinguishes you from the rest. For an academic researcher it is everyday job to discover new insights and new results and to publish them in a journal. Academic ownership is then claimed through first publication with you being listed as an author. Ideally, successors in this field will refer to your pioneering work. 

Please note that by publishing you loose the exclusive rights to your invention. You can claim ownership by patenting your invention (for details see IP support) before publishing them.

Not every new insight or result is an innovation and worthy of patent protection. If you are in doubt and in a hurry to publish your results, you can get provisional protection within 48 hours, which gives you one year time to file a patent application. The provisional protection is paid by MUST, but the actual patent application must be made and paid for through your local patent office.

Innovation can also be kept as a "trade-secret" for yourself. Many times you will be able to get your scientific publication accepted without describing the details of the underlying innovation. In this case you might decide to keep the innovation as a "trade-secret" for yourself. This is often done for process steps which cannot be detected in the final product and thus you couldn't anyway detect if anybody uses your process steps. But beware, if someone else patents the same innovation then you might be in trouble.

Access to the Market

In order to extract value out of your unique technoloy you need to be able to access a market and sell your product. If you are working together with an existing company you can rely on their market research. If you plan to do a start-up you have to do the market research yourself, or preferrably, get professional support (Thomas Südmeyer, the TT delegate, can advise you). If you know the market you still have to determine how you will gain access to the market and how you will develop any execute market channels.

Manpower and Finance

In order to bring the technology to the market you will need manpower and money. I assume that you will provide the manpower and you just need financial support. The best financial support is through grants, CTI projects, loans and early shipments against pay. It is relatively easy to get venture capital but please notice that while professional VCs can help you with finances it must be their goal to get a multiple back, thus "diluting" your success. In many cases this is the right thing to do, but please think about it carefully as it is very difficult to become independent again.
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