Traditionally, the technology transfer office (TTO) has managed university generated IP through various agreements with external partners. Although this has been a relatively successful model, the resource requirements and market expertise required have limited the ability of the TTO to effectively manage much of the research partnership driven IP.

Traditional tech transfer makes it hard for industry to realise commercial potential, and for universities to maximise the value, of intellectual property (IP). A new approach pioneered by the Canada-based University of Manitoba aims to change this, using IP to underpin collaboration, explains Digvir Jayas (pictured), vice-president (research and international) at University of Manitoba, Canada, in…

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