Invention and Innovation

Moving Research Success from Papers to Products and Patents

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In May 2017 members of the IBM IP Management Solutions (IPMS) and Research Management teams embarked on a Russian adventure. Traveling to Moscow, we worked with the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations (FASO) to provide a one week workshop sharing know how on IPMS and Research with selected leaders of scientific institutions and universities from across Russia. This workshop took place at the famous “Golden Brain” building of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The goal of the week? Move the researchers mindsets from “publish only” to “leverage, commercialize and publish”.

How did we do it?
1. Shared know how with researchers in varied fields who have been successfully performing research and developing new ideas
2. Took the ideas, inventions and technologies they create and think of new ways to leverage and commercialize these ideas
3. Provided leading practices in research management and how to move an idea through the research process

Findings and feedback
Most of the researchers attending had the often typical academic IP view of “publish your work”. We found there was very little consideration of the other possibilities that exist with new ideas such as: patenting the ideas, licensing the ideas, or using the ideas to identify partners to create a product, continue the research, or license the developed know how.
The feed back from the participants was very positive. These leaders and researchers were very eager to learn and anxious to put this newly acquired knowledge to work.
The week was culminated with a ceremony to recognize the participation of the FASO researchers. We were very honored to have Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Arkady Dvorkovich, present certificates of recognition to the workshop participants. Several of the workshop participants were chosen to talk about their experience.

Prior to the ceremony there was a showcase of the IBM alignment to the national development agenda of Russia. It focused on how to build the digital services platform for the Russian science and education foundation. It commemorated the successful accomplishments of the IBM project with FASO that was signed between FASO and IBM at the 2016 SPIEF. The head of FASO, Mikhail Kotyukov and representatives from FASO organizations, IBM executives and the participants in the IBM IP Management and Research Management Workshops took part in these discussions.

Are you ready to take your research to the next level with IP and innovation practices?
Do you have an existing or newly formed organization looking at ways to start your research and IP creation, management and commercialization? Are you interested in taking your ideas from concepts to valuable IP assets used for development, partnerships, thought leadership, licensing and funding?

Contact us to engage!

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Intellectual Property Management Solutions Manager

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