Entrepreneurship and commercial awareness are playing an ever-increasing role in the University system. The recent REF Impact assessment demonstrated how academics are under pressure to demonstrate more than just numbers of publications in order to achieve high ratings for their University Departments, and students are being encouraged more than ever to see entrepreneurship as a key part of their learning programme. Allied to this, there has been an explosion, both in the UK and internationally, in the number of start-up and spin-out companies, all fighting for attention from consumer and investor alike. This presentation will discuss the crucial role of IP, especially patents, in the process of taking research ideas from academia and turning them into successful businesses. This process, usually referred to as Technology Transfer, is having to evolve and adapt quickly to meet the challenges of the changing environment and new technology, and it is vital therefore to understand the part IP has to play.
Speaker Information: Jeremy Holmes, Imperial Innovations:-
Following an extensive research career in academia and industry, Jeremy entered the IP profession in 2000, and is a fully qualified UK and European Patent and Design attorney. He has worked in-house for ICI/AstraZeneca and Reckitt Benckiser (RB), responsible for the management of global patent and design portfolios for major business sectors, and has extensive experience in IP litigation and due diligence. Jeremy joined Imperial Innovations in January 2012 to head up their IP team (recent winners of Managing IP’s “In House IP Team of the Year”) where he is now Head of IP. Jeremy’s role at Innovations is to manage IP and Patent Searching resources and to ensure that thorough and timely due diligence is carried out on investment opportunities, as well as act as an in-house consultant on IP issues. He is a frequent guest speaker and panelist at IP Conferences.