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University Intellectual Property

A Source of Finance and Impact

By Graham Richards

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About the Author

Graham Richards

Professor Graham Richards has worked with spin-out companies since 1988, when he was involved in founding the University of Oxford's technology transfer company, Isis Innovation Ltd, which he went on to be a director of for 20 years. Professor Richards founded his own spin-out company, Oxford Molecular Ltd, in 1989 and was heavily involved with running this company for 11 years, until it was sold ... Read more on Graham Richards

Contents Listing

About the Contributors
Preface

1. Introduction by Graham Richards
2. The Confused Situation by Graham Richards
3. Bayh-Dole-Thatcher by Graham Richards
4. Academic Rogues by Graham Richards
5. A Judge's View by The Rt. Hon. Sir Robin Jacob
6. The Viewpoint of a Patent Attorney by Ian Bingham
7. Technology Transfer Office: The Next Step by Patricia Barclay
8. Waking a Sleeping Giant: Commercialising University Research by Roya Ghafele
9. Academic Research and Commercialisation by Alexander Weedon
10. University Patenting and the Advancement of Knowledge by Catherine Rhodes
11. Some Final Thoughts by Graham Richards

Index
About the Contributors
Preface

1. Introduction by Graham Richards
2. The Confused Situation by Graham Richards
3. Bayh-Dole-Thatcher by Graham Richards
4. Academic Rogues by Graham Richards
5. A Judge's View by The Rt. Hon. Sir Robin Jacob
6. The Viewpoint of a Patent Attorney by Ian Bingham
7. Technology Transfer Office: The Next Step by Patricia Barclay
8. Waking a Sleeping Giant: Commercialisi ...

Jacket Text

The traditional role of the university has been to teach and conduct original research, but this situation is changing. As governments judge universities on new criteria - including the 'impact' they have - and as universities are driven to search for finance from new sources, those that run universities are increasingly looking to exploit the intellectual property created by their researchers to help deliver this impact and income. How this should be done, and whether it should be done at all, is subject to much debate.

The key issues are:

- What constitutes intellectual property?
- Do academics or universities own IP?
- Does the commercialisation of IP impact academic freedom?
- How can IP best be exploited and who should be financially rewarded when it is?
- What assistance can governments and other bodies provide?

This book investigates these issues. After a review of how the current situation came to be, the views and experiences of a range of experts are presented, including those of a former high court judge, a senior lawyer, a patent attorney and professionals involved in technology transfer. The contributors examine whether the roles of higher education institutions have changed, what academics and universities should be doing, and how technology transfer can be made more effective and efficient. To conclude, a provocative look at the ethics of the situation is presented.

This insightful and thought-provoking book will help readers to understand more about an increasingly important aspect of academia and business.

Professional Reviews

"An excellent overview...In a word, this book is useful." - Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice


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The IPKat

University Intellectual Property: a Source of Finance and Impact, edited by Graham Richards, is a recent publication from Harriman House. Available both in paperback and e-book format, it ...

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University of Oxford

Universities are increasingly looking to exploit the intellectual property created by their researchers both to meet the expectations of governments and to search for new sources of income. In this ...

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IP Droughts

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Intellectual Property Quarterly

University Intellectual Property: A Source of Finance and Impact, by Graham Richards, (Hampshire: Harriman House Ltd, 2012), 162pp., £30.

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Chemistry World

Among the many texts that have been published recently on the topic of intellectual property exploitation, this books stands out for its focus on innovations developed within universities. Graham ...

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Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice

In University IP: A Source of Finance and Impact, Graham Richards, the former chair of the Chemistry Department at Oxford University with experience with 50 companies that were developed using ...

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Oxford Biotech Roundtable

There are many issues that an academic in today?s economic climate faces. With the impact of one?s research findings under intense scrutiny and the difficulties securing sufficient financial support ...

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Oxford Times

A former head of Oxford chemistry, Richards deals directly with the issues around commercialising publicly funded research. Brilliantly lucid, it deserves a very wide audience.

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