How We Help Universities and Technology Transfer

We have the knowledge and experience to work effectively with you at all stages in the technology transfer process.

We are comfortable dealing with inventions based on creative, academic science that crosses technical boundaries, and we can always provide a team of specialists with the required combination of disciplines. Our attorneys, many of whom have PhDs, will quickly earn the trust and respect of your academic inventors. They understand the need to balance commercial goals with academic pressures.

The dissemination of knowledge is the lifeblood of university research, yet the patent system imposes a need for secrecy.  We are highly experienced in advising technology transfer clients on strategies to deal with this conflict. We can also assist with the complex ownership issues that sometimes arise when inventions originate in an academic environment.

We handle large volumes of work for two of the four leading university-based technology transfer operations in the UK. Our client base also includes several smaller technology transfer organisations, and we work directly for leading universities overseas on cases at the cutting edge of science, across many different fields of technology.

Our attorneys work closely with academics from the earliest point in the commercialisation process, right through to the point where a spinout business is launched or the technology is licensed or otherwise brought to market. We use patenttrade mark or design protection as appropriate to safeguard our clients’ intellectual property assets throughout the process.

We work with inventors and universities that are licensing their technology, partnering with a commercial organisation, collaborating with another academic institution or otherwise engaged with a third party. We can assist with due diligence or registrable transactions if required.

We appreciate that your technology transfer budget may need to be spread across many promising prospects. We will help you to make the most of your resources by providing clarity on the patentability of your inventions and ensuring that you are well informed about procedural costs.

Please see our Briefing on Using IP to Succeed in Tech Transfer.

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