Ownership and access to IP
The mission of the university is to undertake and publish research, use the outcomes of collaboration as the basis for future research, and ensure that the use of outcomes is ethical and appropriate.
The ownership and rights to use IP arising from collaboration differ from collaboration to collaboration according to:
- The nature and terms of the external partner's participation, with respect to their leadership, management and direction of the research
- What and whose background IP is to be used in carrying out the work
- Who will fund the cost of the collaboration
Easy access IP
Alongside commercial agreements, we offer access to selected technologies as 'Easy Access IP'. These technologies are offered royalty-free and licensed via a short and simple one-page agreement.
Our criteria for the selection of easy access technologies include:
- Very early-stage technologies whose further development is best done outside the university
- Technologies where we recognise that the licensee will need to invest significantly in order to generate a product
- Technologies where a public good outweighs the desire for a commercial return