IGCAR is entrusted with a mission to conduct a broad based multidisciplinary programme of scientific research and advanced engineering development, directed towards the establishment of the technology of Sodium Cooled Fast Breeder Reactors (FBR) and associated fuel cycle facilities in the Country. The mission includes cutting edge development and applications of new and improved materials, techniques, equipment and systems for FBRs, pursue basic research to achieve breakthroughs in Fast Reactor technology.
The Patents and Technology Transfer cell has been formed at IGCAR with a view to reach out to industries that are desirous to utilize the various technologies and technical know-how's generated and available for use at IGCAR.
Intellectual Property (IP) is the name given to patents, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs and other types of intangible property that arise from creations of the mind and in their broadest sense have no physical form. A patent is a legal document granting its holder the exclusive right to control the use of an invention, as set forth in the patent’s claims, within a limited area and time by stopping others from, among other things, making, using or selling the invention without authorization. Patents may be granted to protect inventions that are new, involve an inventive step and are capable of industrial application.
Technology transfer is the process by which basic science research and fundamental discoveries are developed into practical and commercially relevant applications and products. Technology Transfer personnel evaluate and manage invention portfolio, oversees patent prosecution, negotiate licensing agreements and periodically review cooperative research agreements already in place. Technology transfer function in the following ways Coordinating between technology users and developers, between researchers and manufactures is an important element of technology transfer. Access to relevant internal and external resources to individual projects and enterprises has to be enabled. A main ingredient for moving technology from a research laboratory to a new business enterprise successfully is an environment that is supportive of entrepreneurship. This needs to be encouraged by providing guidance, counseling and resources.

The mandate of the IGCAR-PTTC
 
  • To identify indigenous developments/products/know-how that can be protected by patent/copyright/trademark, etc.
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  • To work out modalities for technology transfer in liaison with TT&CD of BARC
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  • To review the existing patents and identify their utility in industry go generate a roadmap for their commercial exploitation
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  • To liaise between the scientists/engineers of IGCAR, who are the inventors, and the user industries
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  • To organize industry-inventor meetings, visits etc.,
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  • To prepare technology transfer documents and expedites the transfer of technology