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									Intellectual Property Bulletin
July 2006

The Intellectual Property Bulletin is a monthly publication by the University's
Intellectual Property Office / Loughborough University Enterprises Ltd (IPO /
LUEL) to raise awareness of the support available to all academic and research
staff and PhD students in identifying the commercial potential of their ideas, and
in protecting and exploiting IP.

The exploitation of IP and knowledge transfer is an exciting and constantly
evolving area.

Please get in touch if there is anything we can help you with. Please contact the
editor in the first instance: Anna Seddon (ext 3445, email

To avoid unnecessary paper wastage, hard copies of the Intellectual Property
Bulletin will only be mailed to Senior Departmental Secretaries to be displayed in
communal areas, such as noticeboards and staff kitchens.

The IP Bulletin is also available to view online at:

If you’d like your own hard copy or an electronic Word version, please contact the

Confidentiality agreements
If you are having discussions with third parties about a potential research
partnership, consultancy or a new technology that you are developing, it is
essential that you protect any confidential information. A confidentiality
agreement should be signed before any detailed discussions begin. By this term
we also mean: Non-disclosure agreement (NDA), secrecy agreement or
confidential disclosure agreement (CDA) etc.

LU’s preferred position is to produce a confidentiality agreement on your behalf
to be sent to third parties. Please contact either Arif Syed, Grants & Contracts
Officer (, ext 8491) or Dr Claire Jones, IP & Contracts
Adviser IPO / LUEL (, ext 2946), who will undertake this
process on your behalf.

Third parties involved may ask you to sign their own agreement that may include
other clauses, for example those that could incorporate ownership of the
intellectual property. Such clauses may affect your ability to continue research in
the area identified within the agreement, as this would be in breach. This is why
you must always seek advice from Arif or Claire as early as possible. They will
scrutinise all third party documents to ensure that both yours and LU’s best
interests are protected.

There is no standard confidentiality agreement at LU, as the policy is to
individually assess each new case and tailor the wording accordingly.
Also, please be aware that agreements of any legal form can only be signed by
certain authorised signatories in accordance with the University Financial
Regulations. It is vital that agreements must not be signed by staff within
academic departments or faculties, except where pre-approved and explicitly
instructed otherwise by the Research Office or IPO / LUEL. Furthermore, the
University’s insurance policy requires that an authorised signatory signs off such

Approved LU signatories include:
Joanne Derbyshire, Managing Director IPO / LUEL
Ray Kent, Research Development Officer, Research Office
Arif Syed, Grants & Contracts Officer, Research Office
Peter Townsend, Research Manager, Research Office

Feel free to contact Arif or Claire if you have any queries about confidentiality
issues and third parties. The Research Office website section Externally Funded
Research - Good Practice & Internal Procedures also has plenty of helpful

Cost Calculator for Children’s Services
Government research undertaken by LU’s Centre for Child and Family Research
has resulted in an innovative new computer application to help local authorities to
calculate the costs of looking after children in care.

The research project, The Costs and Consequences of Child Welfare
Interventions, began in 2000 and is ongoing.

The research team, led by Professor Harriet Ward, director and co-founder of
LU’s Centre for Child and Family Research (Social Sciences) became aware that
the methodology being developed in collaboration with seven local authorities
had wide commercial potential. Harriet contacted LUEL last July to discuss
exploitation options. It was agreed that the research team’s invaluable know-how
could be licensed as a software and support package to be sold through LUEL,
on behalf of the Centre for Child and Family Research.

Val Barnard, Consultancy Manager, LUEL, liaised with the Department for
Education and Skills (DfES) to gain approval for LU’s commercial strategy and
the proposed licence agreement. The Cost Calculator for Children’s Services
(CCfCS) comprises a software CD, installation support including a site visit by a
member of the LU research team and email support, and a 12-month
subscription for incremental product updates. Subscription renewal entitles
further product and documentation updates, an email newsletter, access to the
CCfCS website and on-line user community and two places at an annual users’

The DfES supported the launch of the CCfCS in London in June at an event that
was attended by over 120 delegates, with senior government representation. In
addition to widespread interest in UK local authorities, the CCfCS has attracted
the attention of authorities in Australia and America.

The licence and annual subscription rates are determined by authority size and
will generate invaluable income for the Centre for Child and Family Research.
If you are undertaking research that you feel has commercial potential, please
contact Dr Thor Slater, LUEL’s IP Development Officer (, ext
8687). Thor will be happy to discuss IP issues, exploitation options and refer you
to colleagues within the LUEL team if necessary.

Da Vinci Health Innovation Network news
All researchers with an interest in developing health care technologies are
welcome to attend these events that run from 4.30pm – until approximately 7pm.
Refreshments are provided.

Tuesday 19 September: Vascular disease, Loughborough Innovation Centre
Dr Vincent Crabtree, LU Photonics Engineering and Health Technology
Research Group, will present a novel optical device intended to screen for
peripheral arterial disease. Background information about the device and
feasibility study results will be presented.
Further presentations from: Melanie Davies, Chair of Diabetes Medicine,
Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester / Leicester Royal Infirmary, and
Angela Lennox, Head of Professional Development, Leicester School of

Thursday 11 January: Drug delivery, Burleigh Court
Presentations by Dr Henk Versteeg, LU Mechanical Engineering, Johan Bence,
Consultant, Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care, and Hussain Mulla,
Senior Clinical Pharmacist, University Hospitals of Leicester, Glenfield.

Further details about both events will be circulated in due course. Please
register your interest in advance with Anna Seddon (, ext
3445) or contact Anna to be added to the network mailing list.

The deadline for entries for the Da Vinci health care innovation prize in memory
of Professor Peter Smith has been extended to Friday 10 November 2006.
Winners will be announced in January at an evening awards ceremony. A prize
fund of £10,000 is available to partnerships of university researchers / clinicians /
SMEs. Any stage of innovative health technology including those based around
patient or service improvement processes will be considered provided a strong
case for its commercial potential can be made. Competition rules and a revised
entry form are available at:

The Intellectual Property Bulletin is published monthly for all academic and
research staff and PhD students. If you have any IP issues that you would like
publishing, or need support with any IP query, please contact the editor, in the
first instance:
Anna Seddon, ext 3445,
IPO / LUEL is located in Rutland Hall

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