Protecting and Commercializing your Inventions at the University of Haifa
You have developed a revolutionary technology, product or process!
Now you want to see your efforts reflected in the marketplace.
Carmel is eager to work with you to make this happen...
The first step is to protect your research as intellectual property.
Intellectual property at the University of Haifa is administered by the Intellectual Property Committee under the University of Haifa's Intellectual Property Rule.
Members of staff and students at the University of Haifa can report intellectual property to Carmel-University of Haifa Economic Corporation.
Staff and students are also obliged to notify their Head of Department when they create and report intellectual property.
Here is information to guide you through the process...
The first step is to complete the Invention Disclosure Form, which you can download here. After we receive your form, Carmel will organize a meeting with you to learn more about your work. We will then refer it to the Intellectual Property Committee for consideration.
In order to expedite evaluation, completed forms can be emailed to Carmel at Carmel@univ.haifa.ac.il however, a signed original hard copy must also be delivered to:
Carmel-University of Haifa Economic Corporation
Eshkol Building, 25th floor, Room #2502
University of Haifa, Haifa 31905
If in the course of your work or research you believe that you have created intellectual property (IP), it is important to promptly protect the IP rights. Such protection is often achieved by applying for a patent.
Keep in mind that any public disclosure of the IP prior to its protection will prevent patenting it. If you are unsure what may be considered public disclosure, please consult with us at 04-8288500
The Intellectual Property Committee will invite you to present your invention and will then decide whether to protect the invention by filing a patent application.
(Note: not all IP needs to be protected by a patent to be commercialized.)
- Step 1 – Applying at the patent office
Carmel-University of Haifa Economic Corporation will file a provisional application with the patent office. This is a written description of your invention and when filed establishes a priority date (the effective date of filing of the first application). The application is kept secret by the patent office.
- Step 2 – Filing the complete application
Within one year of filing the provisional application, a complete application must be filed in order to maintain the priority date. The complete application is based on the provisional application but can include details of any further unpublished results, developments and improvements to the invention. The complete application is usually filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). This treaty allows a single international application to be filed, allowing the applicant to apply for patents in designated countries 18 months later.
The complete application includes a set of claims defining the scope of the protection sought for the invention. The monopoly granted under the patent will be determined by the wording of the claims. Once a complete application has been filed it cannot be changed and no new material can be added.
- Step 3 – Protecting the invention in specific countries
To protect the invention in designated countries, the complete application needs to be filed in each country separately, within 18 months of the PCT filing.
If the complete application is filed, the provisional and complete applications are published by the patent office 18 months after the priority date.
A patent application could be rejected or objected for various reasons, such as obviousness or lack of novelty. Objections are dealt with by fixing specified wording in the application and resubmitting it. Once objections are dealt with successfully, the patent office advertises the application to allow any opposition by third parties. If there is no opposition, or where any such opposition is unsuccessful, the patent is granted. This procedure is done separately in each country of application.
The maximum duration of a patent is 20 years from the filing date of the application.
The next step: Getting your invention to market!
Carmel is at your service to commercialize your inventions, from market research to financial assistance and targeting global partnerships for profitable outcomes.
Reach out to us to get the ball rolling!