Approximately 40 new patent applications are applied for annually, of which around 10 - 15 are priority applications. The PSI portfolio currently includes 68 patent families. A patent family generally includes a selection of applications and granted patents in several countries, which can all be traced back to the same original invention. The patent portfolio is currently being checked and aligned with the interests of the industry.
PSI patents are licensed or sold to industrial partners. Different compensation models are employed to suit the respective transfer situations.
The same agreements basically apply to collaborative research projects without third party funding. Variances can be taken into account, if the industrial partner, for example, bears a considerable part or the complete financing of the activities and the material of PSI.
Industrial partners are assured of the use of any pre-existing intellectual property of PSI (Background) for exploitation of the results. These non-exclusive rights of use, which as a rule are subject to a fee, are agreed between the parties prior to commercial implementation.
The right of PSI to publication of the project results must not be impeded by the application for intellectual property rights. A delay in publication until successful application can be agreed within reasonable time frames. In terms of projects completely financed by the industrial partner, a waiver of publication can be negotiated.