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Can physicists apply their own research?

  1. Aug 22, 2013 #1
    If I was a physicist and did research on superconductors can I apply it and make a product or a prototype on my own?
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  3. Aug 22, 2013 #2


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    If you have the resources, the knowledge, and if your employer considers that as part of your job.

  4. Aug 22, 2013 #3
    Typically if you do research on superconductors you would be an employee of a large institution or company. If you work at a company (like IBM for example) it would be very difficult to make a product on your own. If you work for an institution (like a national lab) you may be able to, and you would be able to keep some amount of the profits, depending on the agreement you have with the Technology Transfer office.
  5. Aug 23, 2013 #4

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    It depends- in a university environment, there is usually an 'office of technology transfer' that is supposed to help with that- filing patents, obtaining venture capital, licensing agreements, etc. Often, you will retain some ownership of the patent and resulting licensing agreement(s).

    By contrast, in a commercial environment, your employer typically retains all ownership rights.
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