National Intellectual Property Protocol launched for 2016

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15 January 2016 | 0

The National Intellectual Property (IP) Protocol has been launched by Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD.

The protocol entitled “Inspiring Partnership – national IP Protocol 2016,” provides a framework for the way in which companies and research performing organisations can work together and how companies can benefit from access to new ideas, technology and inventions.

The framework has been produced by Knowledge Transfer Ireland for the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and builds on existing policy, while introducing “some practical additions to speed up negotiation between industry and research performing organisations,” according to the launch statement.

“Ensures Government policy supports all enterprises engaging with research performing organisations in Ireland”

“We want investment in public research to drive innovation and competitiveness in business, the public sector and to enable the creation of jobs,” said Minister English speaking at the launch. “The IP Protocol 2016 sets out Government’s policies to encourage industry to benefit from publicly-funded research and describes the practical arrangements for this to happen.  In producing the IP Protocol, Knowledge Transfer Ireland consulted extensively with representatives from industry and research organisations to ensure Government policy supports all enterprises engaging with research performing organisations in Ireland.”

The number of companies working with research performing organisations in 2014 increased by 46%, a figure that is expected to continue to increase. In addition, almost 2,000 new collaborative agreements were signed between industry and research organisations in 2014 and in the same year there was a 21% increase in the number of licences/options/assignments known collectively as LOAs.

“In working with the Department to produce the IP Protocol,” said Alison Campbell, director, Knowledge Transfer Ireland, “Knowledge Transfer Ireland sought to deliver a simpler and very practical guide for anyone engaging in the process of knowledge or technology transfer. We are very pleased that the IP Protocol 2016 and the associated resource guide does just that. In particular, the IP Protocol offers valuable support that will help increase the number of companies and research performing organisations working together and the number of businesses benefitting from innovation.”

The National IP Protocol 2016 comprises two volumes. The first is the policy document which sets out the framework underpinning research collaboration and access to intellectual property from state-funded research. The second is a resource guide which provides an overview of the national IP management guidelines and links to a wealth of resources and template documents that support these guidelines. It also provides an overview of the knowledge transfer structures in Ireland and the kinds of agreements that can be used to formalise research-industry engagements.



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