What is Intellectual Property (IP)?
This video from the UK Intellectual Property Office gives a good explanation of what IP is all about
What is Technology Transfer?
Technology transfer is a term used to describe a formal transfer of rights to use and commercialise new discoveries and innovations resulting from scientific research to another party. Universities typically transfer technology through protecting (using patents and copyrights), then licensing new innovations. The major steps in this process include the disclosure of innovations, patenting the innovation concurrent with publication of scientific research and licensing the rights to innovations to industry for commercial development.
How Do I Find the Expertise I Need?
Please contact us either by phone or e-mail for specific areas of expertise. You can also browse our Directory of Expertise by research topic and identify our research experts in the chosen area.
Do I have to sign a confidentiality agreement?
Each technology has different levels of information available. Some have published papers and patents that describe the technology in detail while others can have only short, non-confidential descriptions. Greater exchange of relevant information can take place once you sign a confidential disclosure agreement with us.
Who owns the invention?
Like most universities, the University owns all IP rights in works generated by staff in the course of their employment by the University, and by students during their courses of study. UCC requires faculty members, graduate students, staff, employees, visiting professors, and the like, to assign inventions to the institution. The University owns the patent and, in return, provides professional services to prosecute the patent and license it, without charge to the inventor.
How is license income distributed?
In return for the assignment of the intellectual property, if the technology is licensed and successfully commercialised, UCC shares the income it receives from licensing (e.g royalties of license fees) with the inventors in accordance with the IP policy of the university.