Any employee of RUG or UMCG with a potentially patentable idea can contact Business Generator or Research & Valorisation (R&V), who will jointly provide support in the patent process. This process starts with an intake of the invention, completion of an invention disclosure form, followed by a thorough prior art search and applicability scan. When both are satisfactory, a patent application is written and submitted by patent attorneys. All steps are done in close collaboration with the inventor.
It is interesting to see that patentable ideas are often also scientifically most interesting.