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Frequently Asked Questions

First of all, go to the UTTC Patent Bureau. You will obtain all the necessary information about the patent application procedure, proceedings, costs, required documents, and obtaining financing sources, including the opportunity to commercialise your invention there.

The UTTC Patent Bureau provides you with comprehensive information on the terms and conditions of obtaining a patent.
It also offers assistance in the application procedure and, later on, in the commercialisation of your research results, including broadly-defined promotion of your invention. Contact us.

Pursuant to the Act of 30 June 2000 on Industrial Property Law, if an invention is developed in the course of the inventor’s duties that result from an employment relationship or another type of contract implementation, the entity that owns the invention is the employer, unless the parties agreed otherwise. An inventor is the person who authored or co-authored an invention.

An invention developed by two or more universities is co-owned by all of them. It is important to sign an agreement on patent co-ownership. The Patent Bureau has relevant templates. Ask for a template of the agreement.

If an invention, utility model, or an industrial design are created as a result of works or tasks financed by the Minister, the entity entitled to the right to obtain a patent for the invention, the protective title to a utility model, or registration of an industrial design is the entity to which the Minister granted funds for science, unless the agreement signed by the Minister and the entity receiving the funds for science or the decision on the granting of funds provides otherwise.

The UTTC Patent Bureau identifies sources of financing for obtaining the protection of inventions, and offers assistance in obtaining such financing.
Pursuant to Resolution no. 314 of the Senate of the University of Warsaw of 19 January 2011 on the adoption of the Rules of acquisition, use, and protection of intellectual property at the University of Warsaw, the financial share of an entity hiring a given Inventor amounts to at least 60% of the costs related to the filing of an application for a given solution, and, if the protection is granted, costs of maintaining such protection.

The UTTC Patent Bureau notifies inventors of every stage of the application process, and provides copies of documents related to the application (if necessary), until the patent process is ended.

No, probably not. Such a company is not in any way obliged to pay remuneration for using research results that have been published, but not submitted to the Patent Office. You may contact the company in relation to further enhancements of your invention. Always remember to sign a non-disclosure agreement concerning the exchanged information. The Patent Bureau offers assistance in the preparation of such agreements. Ask for a template of the agreement.

Your invention is protected only in the area of the Republic of Poland, which means that companies abroad may produce or sell our product.

The most common mistake is publication of research results, making public appearances at conferences, fairs, and talking at social gatherings before submitting the application to the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland.

No. You can publish the results of your research after the application concerning your invention is submitted to the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland.

Yes, provided that they meet patent requirements (they are new, not obvious, and may be applied in the industry). You should remember to conclude a non-disclosure agreement with persons who will have access to the results of this work. The Patent Bureau has a relevant template agreement.

The Act of 30 June 2000 on Industrial Property Law provides that the inventor has the right to obtain a patent, right to remuneration, and the right to be listed as the inventor in descriptions and other documents.

Yes. Rules of acquisition, use, and protection of intellectual property at the University of Warsaw are published on the UTTC’s and the UW’s websites.

Basic regulations on intellectual property in Poland include:
  • Act of 04 February 1994 on Copyrights and Related Rights (Polish Journal of Laws / Dz. U. of 2000, no. 80, item 904).
  • Act of 30 June on industrial property rights (Polish Journal of Laws / Dz. U. of 2003, no. 119, item 1117, hereinafter referred to as IPR).

The acts referred to above cover all of the most important matters related to intellectual property.