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Intellectual Property

As with all research projects, careful consideration should be given to Intellectual Property at all stages – application, implementation and post project where results and outcomes need protecting.

With a greater business-oriented approach in Horizon 2020, more emphasis is placed on turning research outcomes and technological developments into value-creating products and services. In this context, proper IP management becomes crucial.

Wholly owned by the University of Oxford, Oxford University Innovation Limited manages the University’s intellectual property portfolio. It has three main areas of activity:

  • Technology Transfer helps Oxford University researchers to commercialise intellectual property arising from their research. They work with researchers to identify, protect and market technologies through a range of activities, including patenting, sourcing translational funding, licensing, spin-out company formation (including raising investment), material sales, and start-up incubation.
  • Oxford University Consulting (OUC) supports researchers undertaking consultancies. OUC manages all the contractual and administrative aspects, minimising the administrative burden while protecting both academic interests and those of the University. OUC also supports departments to undertake services work.
  • Oxentia provides consulting expertise and advice in technology transfer and innovation management to clients across the public and private sectors around the world.