Inria pursues a policy for protection of intellectual assets
Protected research results
The Development and External Relations (REV) department, in relation with the Technology Transfer and Innovation department (DTI), is responsible for protecting the results of research conducted by the project-teams of the Inria Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique research centre for which legal protection is available (mainly patentable inventions and software). Campaigns have been conducted to raise awareness among researchers of the importance of protecting intellectual property.
The software developed in the research centre's IPTs are filed with the APP (French software protection agency).
The policy of protection through patents is part of the strategy for technology transfer and development of the results of Inria's research.
Software protection and patents are managed in close consultation with the development structures of any partners who co-own the assets in question. The centre ensures the development of these assets under the best possible conditions, through licenses or by transfer, in connection with the Inria's Technology Transfer and Innovation department.
The "flagship software" titles of the research centres are presented on Inria's national website. Among the flagship software titles from the Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique centre, some have led to collaborations with third parties, for example:
- OpenMask, which is a platform for development and execution in the fields of animation, simulation and virtual reality (QPL licence). It is involved in collaborations with GIAT Industries and many other companies as part of French National Research Agency or European projects.
- OpenVibe: a platform for creating, testing and using brain-computer interfaces (control of computers through cerebral activity) (LGPL licence). It is involved in various collaborations, for example with CEA and Inserm.
Other software can be the subject of special licences (proprietary), most often for provision as "prior knowledge" in a collaborative project (FPRTD, French National Research Agency, etc.) or evaluation by a company or an organisation showing interest.
Our share in a patent developed jointly with an industrial partner is generally transferred, against a return on our investment, to the partner, who is much better positioned to make use of the patented technology. This was done, for example, with Thomson (3 transferred patents) in 2006 and Alcatel in 2009.
Some patents are based on the creation of start-ups, such as SenseYou, created in 2008, which offers software solutions based on the use of ubiquitous computing, i.e. using communication between objects and people to provide new services, or SYNEIKA in 2010.