Our licensing process
The process to follow once you have identified the technology that you are interested in licensing from the University.
One of the ways in which the Technology Licensing Services (TLS) team facilitates the commercialisation of the University's technologies is through licensing them to suitable industry partners
Once you have identified the technology that you are interested in licensing from the University, the first thing to do is to get in touch with the contact listed in the technology description. The appropriate TLS team member will assist you with any further information, or queries regarding the technology. Due to the sensitive nature of the information that may need to be shared (e.g. unpublished patent applications or data, etc.), the TLS team may require that a confidential disclosure agreement (CDA) be put in place to facilitate licensing discussions. In this instance, the TLS team will provide you with the appropriate CDA.
Early on in the licensing discussions, the TLS will typically require a prospective licensee to submit a development plan, outlining the licensee’s plans for further developing the technology and getting to a marketed product or service, which would include identifying key development and commercialisation milestones.
Based on the information in the development plan and discussions, a term sheet may then be negotiated, which will form the basis of the full license draft that would normally be drafted by the University’s Legal Services team. Please refer to the guide on the General Licensing Agreement Terms for University Technologies for more information.
Evaluating a technology first
If you would like to evaluate a technology first, in order to decide whether to seek a license to the technology, the TLS team can work with you to put an evaluation license in place.
This typically allows the prospective licensee to use the university IP – within a specific field or purpose for internal, non-commercial research for a certain period of time – in order for the prospective licensee to evaluate the technology with a view to potentially seeking a license to it.
For further information, please get in touch with the contact listed in the technology description.