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I’ve discovered interesting research. What are the next steps?

I’ve discovered interesting research. What are the next steps?

If you encounter (an) interesting research paper(s), it can lead to the next step in the process. In many cases, there is no option to protect the technology anymore, since it is in the public domain. However, we know that in many cases there is still an option to go for intellectual property protection. Even when research is in the public domain, there may exist underlying discoveries or nuances within the research work that have not been fully explored or disclosed. The researchers or research group may hold additional insights, data, or applications of their findings that are not yet public. These elements could offer a foundation for new patents or innovative products and services.

Next to this, this situation presents unique opportunities that can still be leveraged for innovation and collaboration:

  1. Indicator of Entrepreneurial Potential: Research making it into the public domain, especially research highlighted by ScoutinScience for its potential, is a strong indicator of an entrepreneurial spirit within the researchers or the research group. Such individuals or teams are likely to be forward-thinking, proactive, and open to exploring commercial avenues for their discoveries. Recognizing and appreciating the value of their work places you in an excellent position to engage with them. You might use this as a conversation starter, to invite them to entrepreneurial programs and/ or to challenge them to go for funding opportunities.

  2. Early Engagement Opportunities: Engaging with researchers who have demonstrated significant potential through their public domain work allows you to establish early connections that could be beneficial for future collaborations. By reaching out and expressing interest in their work, you may find opportunities to collaborate on upcoming projects or research that has not yet been published. This proactive approach can give you a head start in discovering and potentially patenting new innovations.

  3. Strategic Partnerships: Building a relationship with entrepreneurial researchers can lead to strategic partnerships. Whether it's through licensing agreements, research and development collaborations, or consulting arrangements, connecting with these researchers before their next big discovery can position you as a preferred partner for commercializing future innovations.

In conclusion, research found in the public domain is not the end of the road but rather a stepping stone to uncovering further innovative opportunities and forging valuable connections. ScoutinScience's identification of such research can serve as a critical tool in recognizing potential collaboration partners and uncovering hidden gems in the vast expanse of publicly available scientific work.

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