ENGAGE: The Role of Academic Research and Technology Innovation for Improving Parkinson’s Disease Outcome and Life-style modifications Year Two
Phase I: Development of Intellectual Property to Facilitate Partnership Agreements with Business and Non-profit Organization. Before partnership agreements with the business sector (companies) and not-for-profit organizations can be undertaken, intellectual property rights need to be established. Thus, we will first develop and validate GaitreminderTM as a method for evaluating gait abnormalities in normal ageing and diagnosed populations which will include collaboration with an established industry partner to finalize these technologies and develop intellectual property protection to promote transfer into the marketplace. Intellectual Property and the drafting of provisional patents Prior to filing or even drafting a patent application, it is important to gauge the success which the hypothetical patent application may have when it is sent to be examined by a patenting authority. Thus, a state-of-the art (evidence of use) and patentability (novelty) patent searches will constitute an important component of phase I. These searches are important as the former allows for a comprehensive overview of a product or technology while the latter finds all relevant prior art that may impact the likelihood of getting a patent granted, including issues such as novelty, nonobviousness, and utility.