Commercialsation at Kent

Commercialisation and Tech Transfer

Transforming innovative ideas into new products and services

The Technology Transfer office works with our world-leading academics to help turn innovative ideas and technologies into new products and services; offering advice and support for all aspects of Intellectual Property (IP) evaluation, protection, and utility (licensing, spin-out, start-up and assignment). This includes supporting businesses (public, private and third sector) wanting to access and commercialise cutting-edge innovation and technology developed at Kent.

Technology Transfer

New technologies, processes and knowledge regularly emerge from the University of Kent's impressive research portfolio, providing opportunities for collaboration and licensing of new technologies.

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Pioneering Cancer Diagnostic Technology

We offer guidance on:

  • All aspects of Intellectual Property evaluation, protection (Patent, copyright, trademarks, design rights and know-how) and utility/access models;
  • Our institutional IP policy;
  • Funding applications, including letters of support and IP terms;
  • Due diligence and IP ownership issues; and
  • Contractual terms associated with IP exploitation rights.
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    Translational Research

    It’s important that the University’s outcomes have utility, value, and impact in society. In the healthcare arena this pathway from discovery to therapeutic products or services is termed ‘translation’. Translation, or translational research,  includes the utility of novel tools, mechanisms, services, drugs, techniques, policies, and protocols that address the healthcare needs of people and populations.

    What is Intellectual Property?

    Intellectual property (IP) deals with the formulation, usage, and subsequent commercialisation of original, creative work. IP is pervasive in every business/industry and underpins the monetisation of technology and data; IP is generated on a daily basis and includes new inventions, research tools, materials, services, software, questionnaires, financial tools, algorithms, chemical & biological processes, manufacturing methods, restoration & preservation techniques, and teaching materials.