General information about intellectual property and the different forms of intellectual property rights (including but not limited to copyright, design rights, patents, trade marks) can be found at https://www.gov.uk/intellectual-property-an-overview.
Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise (KEE) and Research Contracts support academics with different kinds of questions about intellectual property / research outputs.
Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise’s remit with respect to intellectual property includes:
- providing advice on how to complete the IP section of a “follow on” grant application
- discussing a potential licence to use an RHUL research output (e.g. a copyright protected work or a potentially patentable invention) with a company
- finding out whether an existing commercial partner has made sufficient progress in commercialising an RHUL research output
- communicating with an external patent attorney in connection with a RHUL patent family
- sharing the net income with RHUL authors / inventors if RHUL has received income from a licence with a company
Please contact Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise if your query relates to any of the above.
Research Contracts’ remit with respect to intellectual property includes:
- carrying out the “first triage” for other grant funded projects by advising on ancillary agreements, suitable IP arrangements, and how to complete the IP section of a regular grant application
- dealing with a request for a “non-standard deal” as set out in the College’s intellectual property (“IP”) and commercial partnering policy
- dealing with a request for an exception to the College’s intellectual property (“IP”) and commercial partnering policy
- determining ownership of a research output if this is unclear
- advising on licence terms
Please contact Research Contracts if your query relates to any of the above.
This presentation gives an overview over the College’s intellectual property (“IP”) and commercial partnering policy. THIS PRESENTATION IS CONFIDENTIAL AND MUST NOT BE SHARED WITH ANYONE WHO IS NOT A COLLEGE EMPLOYEE.
The College’s intellectual property (“IP”) and commercial partnering policy sets out amongst other things:
- who owns the IP which an individual associated with the College creates
- why the College is obliged to commercialise College IP, if possible
- that all individuals associated with the College need to take steps to reduce the chance that third party rights are infringed
It is important that every individual who is associated with the College understands that all research outputs are a form of intellectual property and include:
- data or databases
- interviews (e.g. audio recordings, audio visual recordings, and transcripts)
- images (e.g. photographs)
- biological materials
- chemical material
- genetically modified materials
- human specimen
- method descriptions
- questionnaires (including patient questionnaires)
- patentable or patented technology
- technical designs (including prototypes)
Commercialisation is the sale of a (technical) product or a service which uses or is based on a research output. The College itself does not commercialise its research outputs and instead assigns or licences its research outputs to companies who will do so.