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The translation or transfer of educational and scientific research outputs (intellectual property or IP) into real-world applications and scenarios is an essential process to impact and benefit both society and economy. This process is called technology transfer or technology commercialisation and includes various steps from initial assessment of IP, protection, marketing and licensing.

The technology transfer process

The JRES Enterprise and Innovation team will allocate a dedicated Enterprise and Innovation manager to you who will help you manage the process from first contact to the end. In fact, you are personally entitled to a financial reward according to St George's, University of London's IP policy (PDF).

The first contact will usually happen on an informal basis (eg a conversation after a seminar or in the corridor, via email or in an arranged meeting). The initial invention disclosure information will then be logged on an invention disclosure form (Word) which will have to be completed by the inventor.

After receiving the invention disclosure, we will:

  • conduct a prior art search (scientific and patent literature) to determine novelty

  • conduct a market research to assess the need and the competitor landscape (commercial potential)

  • develop a strategy for the commercialisation

  • develop and advise on the appropriate method of IP protection

  • work with external patent attorneys for patent protection

  • prepare the value proposition and produce a non-confidential summary / marketing flyer

  • build relationships with your commercial partners, including promoting and marketing your inventions to industry

  • negotiate licence deals and manage spin-out company formation, ensuring that your academic interests remain protected.

After the licence deal is complete, we manage finances and distribute any financial income that are due to you personally.

 

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