Over the years our patent attorneys have worked with a number of universities both in the UK and overseas on protection and commercialisation of their research work and we feel that we know the requirements and challenges of this particular environment especially well.
Our perception is that in the past decade many UK universities have been on a journey with regard to exploitation of their intellectual assets and have deepened their understanding of the challenges involved.
Intellectual property is necessary in bridging the gap between great science and successful commercial enterprise, and of course as patent attorneys we have not lost a sense of the excitement involved in scientific discovery and engineering creativity, but intellectual property is a commercial tool and it has to earn its keep. We recognise the importance of sensible budgeting, of achievable commercial objectives, and – in the current climate – of old fashioned value for money.
Commercial projects in this sector work when they manage to harness the genius and enthusiasm of creative academics to the drive and commercial nous of industry. The patent attorney has to see both perspectives and give plain, direct advice to all concerned.
We have the experience to do that.