The HZDR Exploitation Guideline
In order to fulfil its societal mission and its purpose, the HZDR aims to transfer its research results to business and society in the best possible way. By doing this, the HZDR makes a valuable contribution to the future of the economy and society. For its transfer activities, the HZDR uses all possible means of technology transfer. These include publications, lectures, further education, personnel exchange, cooperations, contract research, licensing, and establishing spin-offs. For each transfer project, an individual case evaluation of the most favourable option is made. The main evaluation criterion is the societal benefit, or the increase in societal prosperity attainable from the project; in the case of technology transfer to the economy, the attainable value added in Germany, in particular. In the event of a successful exploitation, the HZDR shall, to an appropriate extent, financially profit from the project. For example, the HZDR shall receive licence fees or spin-off shares from the partner.
Industrial Property Rights
Industrial property rights, in particular patents, form the basis for the successful exploitation of technologies, and the financial contributions of the HZDR to the transfer projects. Industrial property rights also increase the possibility to attract third-party funding for research. Therefore, the HZDR builds a valuable portfolio of industrial property rights in its main fields of research.
Exploitation-Relevant Rules for Cooperation Agreements and Contract Research
The HZDR makes fair and partnership-based arrangements in its cooperation agreements with third parties. Simultaneously, it shall be ensured that the research results be exploited to the widest extent possible in order to gain the greatest societal benefit possible from the project. For this reason, as a rule, only non-exclusive licenses are granted in the case of cooperations. In the case that the partner’s exploitation success is based on HZDR research results, the HZDR shall, to an appropriate extent, financially profit from the project.
Spin-offs and Shareholdings
Establishing spin-offs is a suitable means of exploitation. The HZDR supports spin-offs in the pre- and early post-start phase in accordance with the guidelines of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In screenings, the HZDR selects potential-rich ideas that get transferred to an early spin-off phase by active business development. In the next development phases, the possibilities for the development of new business areas in association with the HZDR Innovation GmbH are exploited. The scope of the support provided by the HZDR depends on the strategic importance of the spin-off for the HZDR, as well as on the economic potential of the spin-off. In the case of spin-offs, the possibility of taking shares – parallel to licensing – is examined on a case by case basis.
Exploitation guideline in the version of 24th March 2014