120. The following are considered equal to the publication of the results of research included in a doctoral thesis:
120.1. patents registered in the region or country where the patentability of the invention has been subjected to expert assessment;
120.2. pending patent applications if, in the case of an international patent application, a positive written opinion on the patentability of the invention has been given by the patent office that conducted the international search, or if, in the case of a national patent application, a positive written opinion on the patentability of the invention has been given by the regional or national patent office;
Positive opinion on the patentability of the invention means that it is possible to advance with the remaining material (patent protection). It is customary in the first phase of expertise that the expert makes counterarguments, it is not inconsistent with the clause 120.2.
If expert's counterarguments are related to the main claims it is usually not possible to advance with patent protection. In that case, it cannot be considered a positive opinion.
If necessary, the council can ask for the opinion of the patent attorney of the Centre of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
120.3. an applied solution, i.e. an engineering-technical or software solution, which has been peer-reviewed by two internationally recognised independent experts appointed by the council.
In case of an applied solution one's research has to include an original component and it must be possible to assess its scientific level. To define the object, the council can ask for a consultation with the specialists of the Centre of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
The process of reviewing is organised by the council according to clauses 125.2. and 126.