27 May 2016

13:30 - 15:00 Fourth parallel session

Maximizing impact
Tackling the challenges we face in commercialization of software and databases

  13:30 - 15:00
  Room: 9, Hotel Scandic

Triin Siil, Legal Counsel, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany
Gavin Smith, Director, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

TTOs increasingly receive disclosures of software but how do we deal with these? Commercialization of software in any form is a historically challenging activity for the higher education sector. The predominantly patent-driven approach to university technology transfer may leave research-based software innovations on the shelf. Do we treat them in the same way as inventions? What are the important questions to ask our researchers? How can the potential of software or databases be evaluated? What are the different ways of protecting these and how do we deal with the limitations of open source and creative commons? These are just some of the questions we will explore in this session.

Moderator: Amanda Zeffman, Head, Consultancy Services, Cambridge Enterprise Limited, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom | Member, Programming Committee, ASTP-Proton