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Access our Intellectual Property

We use our intellectual property to maximise success generated by our past research, either through licensing or further collaboration.

We manage an active patent portfolio of over 350 patent families, predominantly licensed to key partners in the ICT, engineering, pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields. We also licence software and a variety of online resources (copyright), and hold several trademarks and plant breeders’ rights.

Typically, we register 20-30 new patent applications each year from approximately 40-50 potential invention disclosures.

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Benefits of licensing University Intellectual Property

Our licensees are often long-standing collaboration partners who have already experienced the long-term commercial benefits of working with our intellectual property. These partners understand the potential high impact of inventions emerging from University research.

The University offers an IP management service, through our licence arrangements. Not only can your company take advantage of our academics’ knowledge and expertise, you will also not have to concern yourself with patent management administrative requirements.

Our Technology Transfer Managers (TTMs) have industrial backgrounds, to match companies’ areas of interest with the University’s existing expertise and IP. Even if you are new to working with us, our TTMs can guide you to our most relevant staff members and IP of interest, and if that is of commercial interest, we will work with you to develop mutually beneficial licensing terms.

Who have we worked with?

Our key strategic partners include, but are not limited to, Airbus, BAE Systems, DSH, GSK, IBM, Lloyd's Register, Microsoft, Rolls Royce, and University Hospital Southampton – one of the UK’s largest teaching hospitals.

The partnership with the University of Southampton combines the best of academia and business to simultaneously support industry and society by promoting vital research into subjects such as cleaner fuels, safer work environments and more dependable infrastructure.

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