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Patents

One of NWO-I's objectives is to facilitate the use of research results by third parties. Applying for a patent is one way to realise this objective. Other ways are publications, congresses and partnership contracts. Therefore applying for a patent is not a goal in itself.
Many research results are suitable for patenting. However, applying for a patent is only worthwhile if somebody can actually exploit the patent. The patent must therefore have a commercial value too. This means that the entrepreneur by using the patent, can keep competitors out of a certain market segment. NWO-I prefers not to apply for a patent until there is a seriously interested party.
For further information, please see Patents.