The use by a start-up of EPFL technologies and intellectual property requires the signature of an appropriate license agreement with the EPFL.
Such agreements are negotiated with the TTO. When the technology in question is the object of one or several patents (or patent applications), the type of agreement most commonly used is an exclusive license, granted in the start-up’s area of activity.
For agreements concerning software, non-exclusive licenses are generally used. Exclusive licenses on software may be considered in particular cases depending of the history of the code and provided it is fully compatible with the research and education activities of the concerned laboratory and with commitments with third parties.
If you need any information please contact the TTO team