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IP Licensing, Copyright, Trademark

06 January 2016
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With the exception of contract research (whereby a company contracts and pays a university directly to carry out specific research), most other collaborations between Industry and Third Level Research Institutes involve an IP License Agreement.

The IP License Agreement is therefore a key element in the commercialisation process. Although a complicated area, there is significant progress underway to simplify the process so as to make it more attractive for Industry to engage. Here we provide an introductory guide to IP Licensing, with links to further resources and advise. ISIN can assist companies to identify the level of information and advise they require to successfully negotiate IP License Agreements.

This section of the site will provide an overiew of the issues around agreeing a license for Commercialisation of Software Research as well as an Overview on Software License Agreements which provides an explanation of the terms in a normal or end user Software License Agreement.

Additionally, in this section you will find an IP Links section with sample agreements for Industry - University Research Collaboration are provided, among other useful references. A number of Irish Patent Agents are also available.

With thanks to Joe Doyle the IP Manager in EI, herein is an update on IP which should be of help to you:

2016 will see some interesting developments in the IP area including the knowledge development box (check this IRDG seminar out too) and the recently published national innovation strategy Innovation 2020 which highlights in company IP (chapter 5). Internationally the EU Unitary Patent is progressing and the EC are in the process of reforming copyright and trade secrets (full text of directive proposal) rules in the EU. I hope this will all bring a greater focus on IP and the role it plays in innovation and business growth. 

So maybe it's a good time to add one more item to your new year's resolution list, i.e. to increase your awareness of IP. For certain it is a broad field and potentially there is a lot that you may need to figure out. But you may find that IP is more logical and accessible that you think, particularly if you frame it in the context of your own business and concentrate your efforts on what is most relevant to you. Also there are lots of online resources and courses that provide a low cost approach for you or your employees to build your awareness. Here are a few you could take a look at:

UK IPO IP Tutor and UK IPO IP Equip– These are useful interactive tools to introduce IP concepts (UK focus but mostly relevant to Irish context too). 

WIPO Academy Distance learning courses – For something a bit more advanced WIPO provide a range of courses from basic introduction to IP through to advanced topic specific areas. There are either free or relatively cheap (up to about $400). They seem to take registrations around now so it might be worth taking a look if you are interested.

EPO online content and webinars– The European patent office has some useful content you can view at your leisure and a range of webinars throughout the year.

EU IPR helpdesk – This EU funded site has a lot of very useful information and factsheets and there is a free helpdesk for EU SMEs if you want to make an enquiry to an IP expert. They also run webinars; you can see the schedule on the events tab. If you look at their partners tab there are links to other helpdesks for doing business in Asia and Latin America. 

I hope you find these useful. It's not everything but hopefully these will give you a starting point if you are considering IP issues. Also there is a lot of information here so I would recommend that you bookmark the links so that you can access them as the need arises.

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