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Expert workshop

Intellectual Property Management at Universities and Public Research
Institutions in the UK, Ireland and Malta: Towards Stronger Valorisation

13 July 2011, 9.30 – 16.15 hrs
NovaUCD – Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre
Belfield Innovation Park, University College Dublin, Ireland


The contribution of universities in the UK, Ireland and Malta to economic development is increasingly recognised. However, there are severe challenges for all stakeholders involved in knowledge transfer: Companies need to become more involved in collaborative research and accept best practice in intellectual property management if they are to benefit from university research solutions. Agencies funding research and innovation need to adopt a more coherent approach to knowledge transfer management. Universities need to manage their expectations regarding the generation of income through knowledge transfer, while at the same time maximising its impact. There needs to be a longer term commitment to the funding of knowledge transfer offices and to increasing the status of the knowledge transfer profession. This workshop discussed challenges of knowledge transfer, good practices, and ways towards more systematic approaches – particularly for stronger valorisation.


This workshop supported the implementation of the European Commission's 2008 Recommendation on the management of intellectual property in knowledge transfer activities and Code of Practice for universities and public research organisations (http://ec.europa.eu/invest-in-research/pdf/ip_recommendation_en.pdf). The event was part of a workshop series covering 39 European countries in 2011 and 2012. 

Target groups

The workshop convened stakeholders active in knowledge transfer, in particular from universities, public research organisations, knowledge transfer agencies, policy and business. Attendance was on invitation only.


For questions please contact
Dr. Stefan Lilischkis,


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09:30 – 10:15

Welcome and introduction

10:15 – 10:45

Country profiles

Knowledge transfer and valorisation at universities and public research organisations: current situation, good practice and challenges

Dr. Jim Houlihan, Interim Deputy Director of Patents, Intellectual Property Office

Andy Todd, Executive Board Member, Commercial Catalyst Ltd

11:00 – 12:00 Malta

Dr. Ing. Anton Bartolo, Director, Corporate Research and Knowledge Transfer, University of Malta


Richard Stokes, Chief Executive Officer, Invent DCU Ltd

13:00 – 14:30

Case studies: facilitating practices of IP management in knowledge transfer

Easy access to IP from the University of Glasgow: an example of fostering university-industry partnerships
  • Dr. Neil Bowering, KTA Manager, Research and Enterprise, University of Glasgow
Science-business-government co-operation in industrial electrical power conversion at the University of Malta
  • Joseph Cilia, Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Electrical Power Conversion, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malta
IP management in the course of starting and selling a university spin-off: the case of BiancaMed
  • Leo Toole, Finance & Operations Manager, BiancaMed Ltd
14:45 – 16:00

Panel discussion: fostering valorisation of research findings from universities and public research organisations – policy implications

  • A university's view: Dr. Margaret Woods, Technology Transfer Manager, Trinity College Dublin
  • A business view: Dr. Alan Hynes, Executive Director, Competence Centre for Applied Nanotechnology
  • A commercialisation agency's view: Andy Todd, Executive Board Member, Commercial Catalyst Ltd
  • An innovation policy view: Dr. Ing. Anton Bartolo, Director, Corporate Research and Knowledge Transfer, University of Malta
16:00 – 16:15


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