Intellectual Property Dr Laura Rush Business Development Manager Research Enterprise Services

Intellectual Property
Dr Laura Rush
Business Development Manager
Research Enterprise Services
copyright©NewcastleUniversity 2015
Research and Enterprise
– The majority of innovation in bioscience/healthcare comes
from academia.
– Newcastle University wants it’s research to have impact in the
real world.
– Successful exploitation of University intellectual property
leads to impact which can benefit the University, its
employees, funding bodies, and the economy.
– In order to realise the true value of research output,
intellectual property must be properly identified, protected
and managed.
– The Faculty Enterprise Teams works to protect research
results arising from all schools and institutes within the
University and translate this into impact.
So what is Intellectual Property?
Cell models
Medical devices
Engineered proteins
Study Protocols
Drug targets
Therapeutic agents
Etc, etc
Protecting Inventions
• Can it be protected?
– Patents: A legal right granted by a country/territory
– Owner can prevent others in that country from using,
making or selling the technology for approx. 20 years
– Must be ‘new’, and ‘inventive’.
– Other ways to protect:
• Trade Secret
• Trademark
• Copyright
• Design
I think I have something of commercial interest?
• Talk to your supervisor (is s/he already aware of it)
• Informal chat with your Business Development
• Business Opportunities Form
• Preliminary Opportunity Assessment
• Don’t tell anyone who isn’t a Newcastle University
employee, including undergraduate students (even
Commercial Evaluation- Role of BDM
• Is it protectable (e.g. by patent/copyright/design)
• What is the unmet need?
• How big is the potential market?
• How much development is needed?
• What are competitors developing? And what is the USP of the invention?
• What is the route to market?
Creating Value to Attract Industry
• The University teaches and researches: it doesn’t take
products to market!
For that, we need partners.
Companies need an incentive to take on the risk and financial investment
– Patent protection provides a time-limited monopoly which is essential to offset
the cost/risk associated with drug development
Drug development is very high risk and costly (£700m +, 10 years to bring a
drug to market)
Intellectual property is an asset that can be used to generate money to fund
further research, develop the University and potentially benefit inventors
and society
– Any information received or generated during the course of your time at
University should be kept secret and confidential (unless known to be in the
public domain)
• Lab meetings
• Internal seminars
• Coffee breaks
– All proposed publications to be submitted to your
supervisor at least one month prior to
• Abstracts
• Posters
• Oral/powerpoint presentations
• Manuscripts
– If publication contains patentable invention or commercially sensitive
information you could be asked to withhold publication.
Intellectual Property Assignment
– This Policy sets down that Research Students agree that, as a condition of
being accepted for admission to the University, they accept they may be
required to assign the IP associated with the project that they conduct in
pursuance of their University award (" Student Project”) to the University and,
upon request, they will sign documents and do all things necessary to give
effect to that assignment.
– Agreeing to assign (transfer ownership) of intellectual property developed
during your Research Project to Newcastle University
• University will pay all costs associated with protecting and
commercialising the intellectual property
– Be treated as staff and receive a share of any revenues obtained by the
University upon commercialisation of your technology
Further information
• Enterprise team, Faculty of Medical Sciences
• Ground floor, Leech building
• [email protected]
• 208 3434
Thank you!
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