Guest Talk: Maria Hilvert: Did you invent something? – Computerimplemented invention disclosure, patents and what to consider upfront

Wednesday, February 09, 2022, 10:30am


Speaker: Maria Hilvert



As a researcher you read papers, abstracts, code, algorithms, book chapters and a lot of other literature day-in, day-out. But have you ever looked into or thought about patents? Maybe yesterday you did invent something completely new. And you didn‘t even think about it.

What are your next steps now? Can you get a patent for what you invented? And whom do you have to contact in the first place?

In this talk my colleague Alan and I - Maria - from the RWTH Innovation team will give an overview and introduction into patents and what to consider when you invented something or you think you did. We will give an overview of the „Erfindungsmeldeprozess“ at the RWTH, show some examples regarding normal and computer implemented inventions and explain what can and can not be patented. Algorithm themselves cannot be patented, however, if combined with some other technical features they might still form an invention. And wouldn‘t it be cool to see your name on a patent?