The National IP Protocol - a framework for Ireland's knowledge transfer system

Underpinning the knowledge transfer framework in Ireland is The National IP Protocol 2016.

This latest version of the Protocol was produced by Knowledge Transfer Ireland through a process of consultation and on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) and published in January of this year. The new Protocol entitled "Inspiring Partnership - national IP Protocol 2016" is an update on the national Protocol published in 2012.  As such, it continues the State's aim of making the process of engagement between business and the research base in Ireland more straightforward.    

The new Protocol builds on the previous iteration that was designed and delivered to create clarity, consistency and quality for companies working with Ireland's higher education insitutes (HEIs) and other state-funded research organisations.   It is consistent with pre-existing policy while introducing some practical additions to speed up negotiation between industry and research performing organisations (RPOs) - that is the process of knowledge transfer.

The national IP Protocol 2016 comprises two volumes:

(i) the National IP Protocol policy document which sets out the framework underpinning research collaboration and access to intellectual property from state-funded research.

(ii) the IP Protocol Resource Guide which provides an overview of the national IP management guidelines and links to a wealth of resources and template documents that support these guidelines.  It also provides an overview of the knowledge transfer structures in Ireland and the kinds of agreements that can be used to formalise research-industry engagements.

"Putting public research to work for Ireland"

In Autumn 2012, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) published a document called ‘Putting public research to work for Ireland, also known as The National IP Protocol 2012. This was developed by the DJEI working with other Government departments and drew on the knowledge of a dedicated group of experts from industry, the venture capital community, technology transfer offices, research performing organisations, the Irish Universities Association and State research funders.     

The Protocol was developed with the aim of providing 'an exemplary innovation ecosystem that creates economic and societal benefits, especially sustainable jobs. An essential condition for this is a user-friendly system that enables industry and the public research sector to work well together and which encourages the commercialisation of all forms of intellectual property (‘IP’) arising from research in the public sector.’