Being a brilliant engineer is no longer the singular metric by which your contribution to your employer or client will be measured. Being an accomplished scientist is by itself inadequate to boost your company’s earnings or market position. Even the most talented researchers can no longer engross themselves in research to the exclusion of commercialization responsibilities.
In addition to maintaining their technical skills, researchers must take concrete steps to protect their employer’s intellectual property and play a constructive role in the commercialization of their inventions. You must have an appreciation for the protections that patents afford, a familiarity with the patenting process and some awareness of legal issues surrounding the licensing and assertion of patents.
You should have an understanding of how to budget for various research projects and how to go about patent triage. To add more value to your career — and to be more valuable to your employer — you should have a grasp of how to value your inventions.
To be a bigger asset to your firm, you should be able to articulate the business model surrounding your invention, the ability of the invention to reach the market and the inherent demand that exists for such invention.
The Certified Research Developer designation is designed to teach the scientific and engineering communities how to better focus their research on initiatives that have the greatest promise of becoming value-added commercial endeavors.
Benefits of Becoming a Certified Research Developer
Global spending on research and development reached approximately $1.15 trillion in 2010. However, the companies and countries that are the biggest spenders on R&D are not always the most innovative nor do they always rank highest in terms of research intensity (revenues divided by research expenditures).
Failing to align research initiatives and budgets with corporate strategy can result in untold destruction of shareholder value. Researchers who are unaware of — or insensitive to the needs of — their business development, licensing and legal brethren can actually be a hindrance to their company succeeding in the marketplace.
Governments and politicians are beginning to realize the importance of researchers sharpening their commercialization skills. For instance, the “America Innovates Act” aims to spur the growth of science and technology jobs by incentivizing start-up formation as well as enhancing business training opportunities for scientists and students.
For far less time and expense than a MBA program, the Certified Research Developer designation is focused on providing the training necessary to ensure that researchers better understand how to play a constructive role in the commercialization and monetization of the intangible assets they create. As a Certified Research Developer, you will become a more valuable asset to your company because you will have a better understanding of and appreciate for:
- Focusing your research efforts on projects with high commercialization potential
- Valuing emerging technologies
- Writing an invention disclosure form
- Communicating with patent lawyers, licensing professionals, and business development leaders
- Conducting patent searches
- The patenting process
- The licensing process
- The patent assertion process
- Evaluation of markets
- The process of purchasing and selling patents
To earn the Certified Research Developer designation you must complete 25 course credits* (25 hours). You will receive the entire curriculum of courses listed below. You can listen to the remaining electives at your leisure. You can retain the entire ensemble of courses for future reference.
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|Courses||Duration (in hours)||Credits|
|Overview of Pursuing Research Grants||1.0||1.0|
|Engineering Management & IP Development||1.5||1.5|
|A Researcher’s Primer on Patent Drafting and Prosecution||2.0||2.0|
|Conducting Free Patent Searches||1.0||1.0|
|Best Practices for Conducting Advanced Patent Searches||3.0||3.0|
|Patent Triage for Assertion||1.0||1.0|
|What Can Go Wrong After a License Agreement is Reached||1.0||10|
|Drafting Invention Disclosures||1.5||1.5|
|Drafting Provisional Patent Applications||1.0||1.0|
|How Researchers Can Take a Constructive Part in the Patent Prosecution Process||2.0||2.0|
|Detecting Red Flags in Patent Prosecution||1.5||1.5|
|Productizing Your Invention||1.5||1.5|
|Voice of the Customer||1.5||1.5|
|Vetting New Products with Predictive Markets||1.0||1.0|
|Primary Competitive Intelligence||1.0||1.0|
|Secondary Competitive Intelligence||1.5||1.5|
|Drafting Royalty Clauses||2.0||2.0|
|Patent Anatomy and Hygiene||1.5||1.5|
|Researchers’ Legal Obligations||1.5||1.5|
|How Researchers Can Better Influence Corporate Results||1.0||1.0|
|Valuation of Emerging Technologies||8.0||8.0|
|Introduction to Real Options||1.0||1.0|
|Patent Analytics with Pantros IP||1.0||1.0|
|Communications Skills for Researchers||1.0||1.0|
|Business Model Validation||3.0||3.0|
|Evaluating Patent Examiners||1.0||1.0|
|Managing IP During Mergers & Acquisitions||3.5||3.5|
|Patent Industry Standards Agreements||1.5||1.5|
|Negotiating Licensing Agreements with National Laboratories||1.0||1.0|
|Negotiating Collaborative Research Agreements||1.5||1.5|
|Negotiating Material Transfer Agreements||1.0||1.0|
|Negotiating the Purchase and Sale of Patents||1.5||1.5|
|Managing Licensing Compliance||1.0||1.0|
|Evaluating the Merits of Pursuing Patent Litigation||1.5||1.5|
Certified Research Developer candidates must read the three books below and pass a quiz relating to each book.
*To earn the Certified Research Developer designation, you must satisfy the other requirements. These additional requirements consist of reading the three books on the required reading list; pass a quiz after each course you take and each book you read; and, agree to the Certified Research Developer Disclaimer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are there prerequisites to pursuing the Certified Research Developer designation?
A. Yes. Candidates must have completed at least a four-year bachelor’s degree. Candidates must have at least two years’ experience working as a researcher.
Q. How do I earn the Certified Research Developer designation?
A. You must complete 25 credits of coursework; read the three books on the required reading list; pass a quiz after each course you take and each book you read; and, agree to the Certified Research Developer Disclaimer.
Q. How many credits do I receive when I take a course?
A. You receive 1 credit for every hour of instruction time. The number of credits you will receive for each course is provided on the Course Description page of this website.
Q. Are some of the courses required and other courses elective?
A. No. You may take the 25 hours’ worth of training you believe would be most beneficial to you. We recognize that everyone matriculating in the Certified Research Developer program has different levels of knowledge in different fields. We understand that some courses will be more helpful to you in advancing your career than others.
Q. How long do I have to earn the required course credits?
A. You have six months from the date of the first course you take (or from your receipt of the self-taught course materials) to complete all of the required courses.
Q. How often and where are the courses offered?
A. Several of the courses are offered several times a year in a variety of cities in the United States. Some of the courses are offered in the UK, Europe, Asia, India and the Middle East. All of the courses are offered via archived webinar.
Q. Are there any required reading materials associated with the courses?
A. Yes. The course materials and reading materials will be provided to you during each class. If you take the self-study option, the course materials will be mailed to you.
Q. Are there quizzes associated with the Certified Research Developer designation?
A. Yes. Beginning in April 2013, there will be quizzes associated with each course in the curriculum.
Q. What is the nature of the quizzes?
A. The quizzes consist of true / false and multiple choice questions as well as fill-in-the-blank and short answer exercises.
Q. What is the threshold for passing the quizzes?
A. You must obtain 70% or higher of the total possible points on the collective quizzes administered.
Q. How should I prepare for the quizzes?
A. The courses should be sufficient in preparing you to pass the quizzes.
Q. How long do I have to complete the quizzes?
A. You have six months from the date of the first course you take or from your receipt of the self-taught course materials to take the quizzes. We recommend that you take each quiz as soon as possible after completing each course.