Ireland’s National IP Protocol 2019 - A Framework for Successful Research Commercialisation

The national IP Protocol 2019 is a revision of the last Protocol issued in 2016. It 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”).

Produced by Knowledge Transfer Ireland on behalf of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, the new Protocol includes a dedicated section on best practice in the formation of spin-out companies. It also includes a summary of the issues relating to state aid in the commercialisation of research.

The National IP Protocol 2019 comprises two documents:

  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 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. It also provides a suite of model agreements and guides relating to spin-out companies.

The Protocol remains a framework for best practice, guiding on what is the expected norm for research-related engagements between industry and research performing organisations.

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