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Research Services works with researchers to identify projects with commercial value and advises on intellectual property protection. Assistance is also provided with negotiating contracts for funding and subsequent commercialisation of  these projects.

Primary objective

Our primary objective is to ensure ECU research is developed into real-world products and services that benefit the community. The revenue stream generated by these products and services can be a valuable mechanism for further investment into research and development.

Commercialisation services

The following services are offered:

  • assessment of the invention for commercial potential;
  • advice on IP issues and rights;
  • guidance in obtaining protection;
  • determining the most appropriate commercialisation strategy;
  • marketing new inventions and discoveries to industry;
  • negotiating research contracts and Licensing Agreements;
  • assistance in facilitation of Material Transfer Agreements; and
  • assistance with sourcing funding either from external grants, such as Accelerating Commercialisation or via internal mechanisms.

For potential partners

ECU has also introduced Easy Access IP as an alternative to the traditional commercialisation process. This provides partners an opportunity to access a portfolio of technologies free of charge.

Click on the Easy Access IP link to find out the opportunities available.

Why commercialise?

Simply put, commercialisation is the process of turning a piece of knowledge into a product or service. Why do it?

  • For the researcher: you will gain a new skill set, see your research work have an impact, and hopefully, generate a financial return.
  • For the University: increased brand recognition, better engagement with industry, highly skilled academic staff, and financial returns.
  • For the Community: a new product or service to enhance people’s lives.

IP Policy

ECU’s IP Policy provides guidance for both student and staff IP development.

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