University of Glasgow makes its intellectual property available for free

The University of Glasgow has opened up its Intellectual Property (IP) database to businesses and entrepreneurs free of charge.

The IP, which includes medical and scientific research and patents, will be available through a dedicated website, Easy Access IP.

However, a “small” proportion of high-value University of Glasgow IP will still be made available to industry through traditional licensing and spin-out companies alone.

Anton Muscatelli, principal of University of Glasgow, said: “We aim to transfer as much IP into commercial use as we can. Our objective is to demonstrate the relevance, importance and impact of Glasgow’s research and to help UK companies maximise their competitive edge internationally.”

IP that has been made available through the Easy Access IP website include a chip-less smart labelling system for protecting branded items and Terrier, a search engine for large-scale collections of documents.

The university expects the initiative to be particularly attractive to small and medium-sized businesses.

Iain Gray, chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board, said: “Technology licensing in the UK can sometimes be a laborious process. Glasgow University’s Easy Access IP initiative will make it easier for companies to make use of innovative research and technology for the benefit of all.

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