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Technology transfer is a term used to describe the process by which skills, knowledge and intellectual property rights are moved from one person or organisation to another. Governments and businesses around the world now recognise the fundamental importance of innovation and the commercialisation of new technologies to economic prosperity. Here, technology transfer and in particular intellectual property licensing have a vital role. This subject looks at the legal and commercial issues relevant to technology transfer, with a focus on intellectual property licensing and the negotiation of licence agreements. The subject also includes the licensing of trade marks and software.
The subject lecturers have worked in the field of technology transfer for many years and bring practical perspectives to the topics covered.
Principal topics include:
- Licensing of:
- Patents and know-how
- Trade marks, including franchise agreements
- Copyright, including computer software
- Impact of competition laws
- Payments and taxes
- Contractual and commercial issues
- Negotiation of licence agreements.
Intended learning outcomes
A student who has successfully completed this subject will:
- Have a detailed understanding of the legal and commercial issues relevant to intellectual property licensing
- Have the cognitive and technical skills to identify, examine and analyse issues in proposed intellectual property licence terms
- Acquire a sophisticated appreciation of the unique issues associated with patent licensing and the disclosure of confidential know how
- Understand how the Franchising Code affects trade mark licensing
- Have an appreciation of how competition law impacts intellectual property licences
- Be able to apply the knowledge obtained to the successful negotiation of licence agreements
Last updated: 2 December 2019