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Improved IP innovation management

In the frame of the AQUREDPOT project, several measures were taken to improve intellectual property (IP) management and innovation management at HAKI, and to facilitate commercialization of research results generated at HAKI.

An elementary level industrial property course were held at Szarvas by lecturers from the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office. 10 researchers partake in the course and acquired a basic level certificate on IPR. Knowledge was also acquired in industrial property law, patent documentation and registration of trademarks and industrial designs and in online searching in patent databases. Researchers of HAKI got aware of the importance of industrial protection and in the future they will tend to consider the possibilities for patenting the research results before they publish it so that the economic benefit is maximized.

Building on the acquired knowledge an Intellectual Property diagnosis were done in the field of aquaculture to identify the research fields of HAKI where IP can be developed. The following fields were recognized as promising grounds to establish IP in the future: i) Wastewater treatment; ii) Fish rearing and feeding technologies generating functional seafood; iii) Feed recipes with alternative ingredients; iv) Aquaculture engineering solutions for low-investment RAS and pond-in-pond tank; v) Software to optimize feeding, water management, biomass management. In the frame of the project an IP Right Management System was prepared for NARIC-HAKI by the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office to facilitate protection of results in the future.

In addition to this an Innovation Management Strategy was formed to outline actions to be taken to address the main strengths and weaknesses of current physical and intangible capital of HAKI and the external factors affecting (facilitating or inhibiting) the use and exploitation of its capital in the innovation process. Indicators were developed as tools for monitoring of how objectives are met in the future. Those research directions were also determined that were identified as strategic areas in regional aquaculture development.

Principles of writing feasibility studies were laid down so that it can stimulate commercialization of HAKI’s R&Đ results in the future. Now HAKI has capabilities to i) prepare technical engineering plans for different farm sizes; to ii) prepare feeding plan and biomass management plan; to iii) to conduct analysis on economies and diseconomies of size to optimize the size of the investment; and iv) to carry out economic analysis based on enterprise budget with sensitivity analysis for major influencing biological and economic factors.

The above described outcomes of the project will facilitate the structuring and exploitation of knowledge generated at HAKI during research programs and will contribute to increased technology transfer to the industry.