Confidentiality and Intellectual Property Management
Knowledge transfer, innovation and sharing are managed from the Office of Research. Research, innovation and enterprise policy and strategy is formulated, developed and reviewed by a Research, Innovation and Enterprise Committee. An IP policy outlines the rules that govern the creation, ownership and commercialisation of IP developed at AIT. An IP Committee is responsible for identifying and protecting AIT’s IP, evaluating its commercial potential and deciding the commercialisation route (licence or spin-out).
AIT’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is responsible for implementing the decisions of the IP Committee and administering relevant activities including licensing of IP to external third parties and facilitating collaborative R&D.
AIT actively encourages R&D, innovation, entrepreneurship, technology transfer and commercialisation, spin-out company formation and related activities. All AIT researchers are introduced to the institute’s IP Policy during induction training. A formal one-day training session on the basics of IP including appropriate publication of research results is offered annually to all staff, researchers and postgraduate researchers. The publication of non-confidential research findings & results is encouraged.
The TTO manages and disseminates IP policy. Institutional support for the commercialisation of AIT research is reflected in the priority objective in AIT’s strategic plan of supporting ‘strategic research collaboration and development, leading to the commercialisation of IP, technology transfers, joint ventures and spin-off companies’. AIT’s recently adopted charter under the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 1999 states that ‘the research focus of the institute will encompass new knowledge generation, industrial and business innovation, technology transfer and new product development.’
In terms of other knowledge transfer and dissemination processes AIT’s research institutes organise open evenings, public seminars and workshops individually and in partnership with industry associations showcasing their research activities and available IP and technologies; researchers present papers and posters at international and worldwide conferences; AIT research poster fests are hosted in conjunction with partner HEIs; and a programme of weekly research seminars is presented by AIT and its research collaborators, open to industry. The MIRC and the TTO leverages the research resources and expertise of the institute in support of IDA and Enterprise Ireland client companies and others. A specific AIT-IDA programme of multinational company visits is managed by an AIT dedicated liaison officer.