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 - Jeremy Holmes, Imperial Innovations