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1 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Dr Gavin Smith Intellectual Property Development Manager Research and Enterprise Services (“RES”) +44 (0) 1524 (5)93298 IP from research at Lancaster Uni

2 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Academic researcher Company director University IP Background

3 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Help with finding and winning research grants (RSO) Assessment of commercial potential of research Patenting Connecting researchers with the world outside Licences / spinouts / collaborative grants RES: Services to University Staff

4 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Teaching – graduates Research – ideas, solutions, papers Translating ideas into public policy and industrial use “impact” What is a 21 st century university?

5 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y

6 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Intellectual Property

7 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y

8 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y gb.espacenet.com

9 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Copyright Design right Trade marks Patents Namespace names Formal Intellectual Property

10 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Copyright Design right Trade marks lancasoft ® Patents Company name lancasoft ltd Internet domain name lancasoft.com or.co.uk Twitter hashtag? #lancasoft Facebook? New project/spinout lancasoft

11 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center ADMINISTRATIVE PANEL DECISION G. A. Modefine S.A. v. A.R. Mani Case No. D The Parties The Complainant is G. A. Modefine S.A. of 90, Avenue de France – CH Lausanne, Switzerland. The Respondent is Mr Anand Ramnath. Mani of Barclay Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1G8, Canada. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar The domain name in issue is ("the domain name"). The Registrar is Network Solutions. …..

12 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y “We have started a major collaborative project with several universities and some companies. We chose a neat descriptive name – and it’s in all the project documentation, research council paperwork and the university web pages.” “I’ve just discovered that there is a company named identically and working in almost exactly the same area.” Project Ltd Project.co.uk Project® Class 09: Computer software Class 35: Provision of business information Class 38: services Class 42: Design and development of computer software.

13 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Registered Trade Mark Lancaster

14 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y LU researchers wrote a deep analysis of an area of social policy Then an agency of government decided to write a best practice report. Some LU text was lifted verbatim Some unique LU case studies were used (paraphrased) The LU researchers were not credited The report has been withdrawn and is being rewritten Recognition that LU has influenced public policy Copyright ©

15 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Patents A granted patent does not give the right to do anything Because there may be underlying patents A granted patent is not necessarily valuable

16 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y We can choose: who commercialises our inventions, how, and under what terms Patents give control of inventions

17 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y “Hello I’m from Lancaster University. We are world experts in XXX and we’d like to collaborate with you” “Hello, I’m from Lancaster University. We have an international patent application in XXX which we think would add value to your product line YYY” Patents open doors

18 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Patent Necessary when applying for a patent: Novelty Never made public in any way (“prior art”) Nothing of the same description ever published Confidentiality Agreements Inventive step Not obvious to someone skilled in the domain

19 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Patent Process Various routes File an application with UK Patent Office Request a search report (“patentability” & “prior art”) 12 months to decide on international coverage or withdraw Publication after 18 months National phase after 30 months Examinations and grant sometime later

20 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Patent costs UKIPO minimum fees (£100) + Patent attorney fees Probably £3-6K for UK only patent LU strategy - take risk on initial filing costs - then find a licensee to pay; or kill; or UK-only Because up to £100K over 10 yrs for major countries

21 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Commercial IP portfolio Patent families12,000 Design Rights49,000 Trademarks33,000 Domain Names2,600 Philips Intellectual Property and Standards employs about 450 people

22 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Examples SpinoutLicensee Patent Hybrid Instruments Ltd Digital Instrumentation DGT Research Ltd Water Quality Monitor Anasys Instruments Ltd Thermal Microscopy Becker Underwood Seed treatment MK Illumination GmbH Novel 3D display lighting No patent m-ventions Ltd Phone software Molarity Ltd Automated Business Intelligence 21 media IP Television Sigma Aldrich Inc Bio-chemicals Isis Forensics Ltd Network security software WSI Ltd Intelligent signage

23 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Case Study - Licensing Biochemistry group Made certain bio-chemicals for their own research work Noticed omission from major suppliers’ catalogues Found licensee and negotiated deal Materials shipped to licensee Products in licensee’s catalogue Sales royalties received and distributed

24 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Case Study - Licensing Inventors’ Agreement Revenue Sharing: Division of Net Revenues: University 50% Inventors 50% Subsequent subdivision of Net Revenues between Inventors: Prof A = X% Dr B = Y% Dr C = Z% Licensee pays a percentage royalty on all sales

25 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Case Study – Instrumentation Staff had idea for new scientific instrument Knew the market well Patent applied for and granted Spinout company formed Academics are directors First sale delivered in 2007 Sales continue

26 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y Case Study - Firefly March 2006 – Patent filed July 2009 – Licence signed Jan 2012 – Product Launch

27 Copyright © Lancaster University 2012 LANCASTER U N I V E R S I T Y The End


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