What is the Typical Patent Process Timeline ?

Seeking and obtaining patent protection can be quite a lengthy and expensive process, depending on the complexity of the technology and its context.

A number of 'routes' can be used to file and obtain patent protection.

At University College Dublin, as in many other academic institutions, because we are involved in risky, early-stage technology development which potentially have large-scale or global reach, we usually use a route that 'buys' us time, while the technology and commercial risks are being addressed by the team involved (i.e. the researchers and commercialisation partners).