The IP Collaboration Project
The IP Collaboration Project (IPCoP) is dedicated to strengthening the capabilities and capacities of Wales' leading research universities in the commercialisation of their intellectual property. It is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), and comprises Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff (lead organisation) South Wales and Swansea Universities. Together, these universities account for over 95% of the research activity in Wales.
Core to this collaborative approach is a Welsh network of Technology Transfer Officers, having expert knowledge of the research base and IP pipelines within each institution. The Technology Transfer Officers work in and across institutions and with existing Technology Transfer structures thereby building on individual and collaborative activities in the IP commercialisation sector.
The Wales IP website gives you access to the IP Programme. It provides:
- a source for potential investors to view technology transfer opportunities
- a resource for companies seeking commercial applications to assist their innovation pipeline
- an easy way for researchers to find partner IP and identify areas of collaboration
The project will strengthen the universities’ capabilities in the commercialisation of intellectual property and create an effective network to increase technology transfer between universities and Welsh businesses in support of the Welsh Government’s aims.
It will also forge close links with key industry sectors in Wales in order to create an integrated structure for the commercialisation of new technologies within Wales and internationally.
Dr David Blaney, Chief Executive of HEFCW, said: "I am pleased that the universities […] have come together to explore new models for commercialising intellectual property in Wales".
"The IP system is invaluable in translating the research work done in universities into something tangible that can also reap economic benefits or have positive implications for society more widely".
"The expertise required to do this is not inconsiderable. Creating a network of Technology Transfer Officers will not only benefit the universities involved and the companies or organisations they work with; it will also hit one of the key priorities set out in the Welsh Government’s Science For Wales strategy, and ensure that the wider economy derives maximum benefit from IP produced in Wales’s universities."