HESA FSR with HE-BCI survey collection 2013/14
HESA FSR with HE-BCI survey collection 2013/14
General guidance on Table 4: Intellectual property (IP)
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Version 1.2 Produced 2014-10-30
- Table 4 provides more detailed analysis of intellectual property (IP). Income from all IP agreements from all types of IP should be included in Table 4.
- Further information on IP can be found at http://www.ipo.gov.uk/whyuse.htm
- Table 4 is designed to collect IP income to the HEP, as a measure of the impact of Higher Education. Only IP income to the HEP should be recorded.
- Revenue from IP is a vital indicator for the value added by the HEP when interacting with a range of external partners. IP may commonly be in the form of licenses granted to private companies allowing them to exploit an invention protected by a patent. While this is a fundamental element of knowledge exchange it should be remembered that patents are only one way of protecting certain types of IP.
- Intellectual property should include:
- Design registration
- Trade marks
Head 1: Disclosures and patents filed by or on behalf of the HEP
Sub-head 1b: Number of new patent applications filed in year
Sub-head 1c: Number of patents granted in year
Sub-head 1d: Cumulative patent portfolio
Sub-head 1e: Number of patents filed by an external party naming the HEP as an inventor
Head 2: Licence numbers (including patents, copyright, design registration and trade marks)
- Licence agreements (non- and exclusive)
- Assignments (out)
- Exercised option agreements (on IP already generated - excluding options embedded in research agreements where IP is still to be created)
- Licences to spin-outs (either royalty or equity bearing)
- Income-generating Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs)
- All active licences should be returned, regardless of when they were agreed.
Total number of licenses generating income in the period
Rows (2av and 2bv) will allow greater international comparisons of IP activity. The total should be less than or equal to the total number of licenses.
Head 3: IP Income (including patents, copyright, design registration and trade marks)
This Head should include any income from:
- Upfront/milestone fees
- Patents costs re-imbursement
Sub-head 3f: Total IP revenues
Sub-head 3g: Total costs
Type of IP: Patents, design registrations, copyright (trademarks)
Exploitation: Any and all IP exploitation should be considered for HE-BCI
Return: Income from all IP agreements, from all types of IP should be included.
Type of IP: Patent on new technology
Exploitation: License to produce product
Return: The HE-BCI Survey is designed to collect IP income to the HEP as a measure of the impact of HE. Only income to the HEP should be recorded.
Client: Large corporation
Type of IP: Copyright
Exploitation: Writing of 'mood music'
Return: Music written for a specific business need (public or private) is part of the business model of the external partner and therefore the contribution of the HEP should be acknowledged.
Client: Furniture manufacturer
Type of IP: Design registration
Exploitation: Design of a chair
Return: Income from design interactions and licensing should be returned in Table 4.
Head 4: Spin-off activity
Social Enterprises have been added as a new category. While there is no formal definition,a description of Social Enterprise can be found at http://unltd.org.uk/about_unltd and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_enterprise. Enterprises may have been formed by students, recent graduates and/or staff. It is accepted that turnover and investment figures are - by definition - different from those provided for spin-off and registered start-up companies but the data will be valuable in tracking public contributions from higher education.
It is understood that some such enterprises/ventures may have been returned under Sub-heads 4ai to 4aiv in previous years. While there will be some overlap, it is expected that the majority of data returned under the new category will represent activity that would not have been returned under HE-BCI in previous years.
Sub-head 4ai/4bi: Spin-offs with some HEP ownership
Sub-head 4aii/4bii: Formal spin-offs, not HEP-owned
Sub-head 4aiii/4biii: Staff start-ups
Sub-head 4aiv/4biv: Graduate start-ups
Start-ups can have any enterprise structure (for example not for profit, partnership or sole trader) and use any business model but there must be some form of registration (for example with HMRC) before they can be included in the survey.
Sub-head 4av/4bv: Social enterprises
Column 1 (Number)
Column 2 (Number still active which have survived at least 3 years)
Column 3 (Number of active firms)
Columns 4, 5 and 6 (Estimates)
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