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Knowledge exchange management

The Network seeks to create an environment where knowledge is shared rapidly for the benefit of the whole community and used effectively to secure new sources of funding. However, it is important for each member to consider the expectations of their own organisation before disclosing proprietary information.

Before engaging in consortia-building activities, you should create an inventory of the intellectual property you may need to disclose and seek advice of the relevant support services team in your own organisation on how best to proceed. Effective collaborations will usually start with an agreement which documents what each partner will contribute and how the outputs will be shared. There is a lot of useful advice available from the UK Intellectual Property office http://www.ipo.gov.uk/whyuse/research.htm and the European IPR helpdesk. https://www.iprhelpdesk.eu/ as well as the BBSRC http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/organisation/policies/position/policy/knowledge-exchange-commercialisation.aspx

Most organisations will have their own consortium agreements but if this is not the case, template agreements such as the DESCA model consortium agreement available at http://www.desca-2020.eu/and the Lambert toolkit which is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/university-and-business-collaboration-agreements-lambert-toolkit can be adapted to suit a range of collaborative interactions.

The Network can provide some general advice in this area but your essential first point of contact for all intellectual property and knowledge management decisions should be the support services available within your own organisation.

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