Danish Invention Centre is a private not for profit institution established in 1972 as a department of the Danish Technological Institute.
It is the aim of the Danish Invention Centre to assist Danish private inventors, scientists and SMEs in all the phases of their invention activities, right from the birth of the idea to the successful implementation of it in business.
- Web-based tool box for Danish inventors consisting of 'dos' and 'donts' for inventors, FAQ, evaluation and assessment checklists, checklists for licensing, model contracts and secrecy agreements.
- Hotline for private inventors, where any Danish citizen can get free-of-charge advice in all phases of the process of commercialising new ideas. The service is based on telephone or e-mail contact, and only in exceptional cases on personal meetings. Each year the Danish Invention Centre conducts 1500-2000 hotline sessions.
- Collective information and awareness activities for groups of inventors, such as touring afternoon or evening courses organised with local partners ("tour de inventor"); e-mail newsletter containing the latest development within topics like IPR, prototype technology and licensing - and thematic conferences focusing on selected areas where innovative solutions are especially in demand, e.g. new products for elder people.
- Weekend courses for SMEs and inventors covering all steps in the innovation process.
- "Patent Surfer" course for SMEs and inventors on how to get the most out of the free-of-charge IPR and business information databases on the Internet.
The subsidised activities are financed through a scheme under the Danish Ministry of Research and Technology.
- Creativity sessions for companies. Facilitation of the creation of new products through targeted use of applied creativity and new methods for enhancing group creativity developed by the Danish Invention Centre.
- Courses for companies on creativity: the creative team worker, creative negotiation techniques.
- Prototyping at the centre's own prototype workshop.
- Patent licensing and contract negotiations for inventors and SMEs. Each year the Danish Invention Centre negotiates 20-30 license agreements, mainly patent license agreements.
These activities are paid for either by the SMEs or inventors or they are financed by private funds or investors.
For description in English please see: http://www.teknologisk.dk/erhverv/5761,3
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