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Minister English launches much anticipated national IP Protocol 2016

The National IP Protocol provides a framework for the way in which companies and research performing organisations can work together and how companies can benefit from access to new ideas, technology and inventions (intellectual property or “IP”).

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD launches the national IP Protocol 2016. The new Protocol entitled “Inspiring Partnership - national IP Protocol 2016” (an update to the Protocol published in 2012) continues the State’s aim of making the process of engagement between business and the research base in Ireland more straightforward.

Produced by Knowledge Transfer Ireland for the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the new Protocol is consistent with existing policy and introduces some practical additions to speed up negotiation between industry and research performing organisations.

Ireland already performs well within this space and is set to continue to do so. The number of companies working with research performing organisations in 2014 increased by 46% - a figure that is expected to continue to grow, not least with the advent of the new Protocol which further simplifies the processes involved. In addition, almost 2,000 new collaborative agreements were signed between industry and research organisations in 2014 and in the same year there was a 21% increase in the number of licences/options/assignments known collectively as LOAs.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister said “We want investment in public research to drive innovation and competitiveness in business, the public sector and to enable the creation of jobs. The IP Protocol 2016 sets out Government’s policies to encourage industry to benefit from publicly-funded research and describes the practical arrangements for this to happen. In producing the IP Protocol, Knowledge Transfer Ireland consulted extensively with representatives from industry and research organisations to ensure Government policy supports all enterprises engaging with research performing organisations in Ireland.”

Also speaking at the launch, Alison Campbell, Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland said “In working with the Department to produce the IP Protocol, Knowledge Transfer Ireland sought to deliver a simpler and very practical guide for anyone engaging in the process of knowledge or technology transfer. We are very pleased that the IP Protocol 2016 and the associated resource guide does just that. In particular, the IP Protocol offers valuable support that will help increase the number of companies and research performing organisations working together and the number of businesses benefitting from innovation.”

The National IP Protocol 2016 comprises two volumes:

1)    the policy document which sets out the framework underpinning research collaboration and access to intellectual property from state-funded research.  


2)    the resource guide which provides an overview of the national IP management guidelines and links to a wealth of resources and template documents that support these guidelines. It also provides an overview of the knowledge transfer structures in Ireland and the kinds of agreements that can be used to formalise research-industry engagements.

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For further information contact:

Brigid Burke, Press Office, Knowledge Transfer Ireland           Email:

Elizabeth Carvill, Communications Manager, Knowledge Transfer Ireland Email:

For more information or to download the National IP Protocol 2016 will be available for download at

Note to the Editor

Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) makes it simpler for business and research performing organisations to work together. KTI aims to maximise the extent to which State-funded technology, ideas and expertise gets into the hands of business to drive innovation. 

KTI offers information and advice across the areas of research collaboration, consultancy, licensing and spin-out opportunities among others. It helps companies and investors access expertise and intellectual property and guides them to the right contacts and information on funding supports available to assist innovation. 

KTI is located in Enterprise Ireland (EI) and funded by EI with co-financing from the Irish Universities Association.

Through its web portal Knowledge Transfer Ireland provides a range of tools to support the engagement process between industry and research performing organisations in Ireland.  Tools such as the KTI Research Map of Ireland, Research Centre Directory and KTI Directory of Researchers can help businesses find and connect with the right research partner in IrelandThe series of KTI Practical Guides will support businesses and research organisations through the practical process of engagement and the suite of Model Agreements presents a number of functional templates devised to act as the foundation of any negotiating process between researchers and industry. 

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