Birmingham University has recently become the first Midlands university to be part of the Easy Access Innovation Partnership, which promotes new ways of transferring intellectual property (IP) to industry.
The university recognises it has a significant role in supporting economic recovery and stimulating innovation and it is therefore committed to working with industry to maximise the transfer of knowledge for public benefit.
Joining this initiative will make it easier for businesses to access the university’s research. Through its technology-transfer agency, Alta Innovations, the university will be providing some of its IP portfolio for free using simple, standard agreements to make the whole process of IP exploitation much faster.
As well as making the adoption of its research and technology simpler, the university anticipates this will be a mechanism to encourage new and longer-term relationships with business and to open up new areas for collaboration.