The documents relating to IP at our university have been developed in line with the 'Easy access IP' and Single KT Office strategies, and in accordance with our own values. They have been designed to help the university academic partners draw-up such agreements in shorter timescales. Clearly all circumstances are different so these documents are to be considered a starting point.
For support in completing documents before entering into a binding agreement please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or t: 01463 279287.
IP and commercialisation
The following guides were originally commissioned and created by Mr Clive Rowland, CEO, the University of Manchester Intellectual Property (UMIP) Limited and Ms Janet Knowles, Partner, Eversheds LLP.
UMIP has kindly offered this resource to be shared for the benefit of those working to commercialise academic research. Our thanks go to UMIP for giving access to these publications:
Some background to Easy-Access IP
Easy access IP is based on a model initiated by Glasgow University. It does not mean that all university intellectual property is to be made available free of charge, only that IP which the university considers an appropriate fit to this model. ‘Easy Access IP’ is designed to increase the engagement between universities and industry, and accelerate the transfer of university knowledge and expertise to commercial partners who can develop it to benefit the economy and society.
In relation to KTG the SFC have advised it will be a condition of grant that Universities ensure an ‘Easy Access IP’ model is in place by 2012-2013. ‘Easy Access IP’, allows university generated IP to be released to companies for free, using quick and simple agreements. Universities are being encouraged to facilitate Scottish SME engagement with ‘Easy Access IP’ in support of the Government’s Economic Strategy.
There is more information on this strategy at easyaccessip.org.uk - this website has a FAQ's section and some more background to the project.
For more information on KTG guidelines and documentation see the KTG PAGE.