Q1. We are in a hurry to file a patent application. Is it necessary to conclude a joint application agreement and a transfer agreement in advance?
Yes, it is necessary to conclude a joint application agreement and a transfer agreement in advance. However, exceptions may be made whereby the application may be filed at the point of consent to the conditions of the agreement, so in such a case promptly contact Tokyo Tech to discuss the matter.
For joint applications, when is the license agreement (in case that the corporate researchers use the joint invention) concluded?
Tokyo Tech states the amount equivalent to the license fee (what is called "compensation when the invention is not worked") in the license agreement. Normally, at the point when the products and services for which the patented invention will be used are determined, an agreement is concluded after rates, etc. have been determined through discussions.