• We are catalysts for innovation, commercialising next-generation technologies developed by

    The University of Manchester’s world-class research base





    • £360m+ invested by venture funders

    • 40+ spin-out companies created

    • 7,500+ licences and IP partnerships concluded

    • 4,000+ invention disclosures received

    • £115m+ IP and R&D revenue generated for the University







  • We are catalysts for innovation, commercialising next-generation technologies developed by The University of Manchester’s world-class research base





    • £300m+ invested by venture funders since 2004

    • 40+ spin-out companies created

    • 4,800+



      licences and IP partnerships concluded

    • 3,700+ invention disclosures received

    • 1,300+ jobs generated across various industry sectors

    • £105m+ IP and R&D revenue generated for the University


Archive for August, 2015

UMIP Fellows Programme enters its 3rd Year

We are now recruiting …

Our Fellows programme is modelled on the similar, highly successful Columbia Fellows Programme run at Columbia University in New York and offers a unique opportunity for full-time postgraduate students registered at the University to gain in-depth experience in technology commercialisation activities. The programme is intended to enhance our understanding of the commercial potential of University technologies, while providing Fellows with a valuable educational experience.

Successful Fellows receive structured training from UMIP staff in order to complete assignments, and the opportunity to participate in enterprise training from the Manchester Enterprise Centre. We expect that Fellows will be starting their 2nd year of PhD study in a STEM related discipline, and will be able to commit to the programme for at least one year.

Heather Thompson, Director of IP Development and Partnering at UMIP, commented: “It is great to get so much interest in the Fellows Programme and enthusiasm from students here. The benefits to both students and UMIP have clearly been demonstrated over the past two years. For UMIP, the Fellows provided valuable start-points for our detailed analysis of the commercial potential of new invention disclosures collected in the year, and for our promotion of technology externally. I would like to thank the Manchester Enterprise Centre for their close involvement and support of the UMIP Fellows Programme.

Tom Catherall, a student from EPS, commented: “The UMIP fellows experience has been of great benefit to me. I have discovered skills, such as market research and finding company contacts, while honing those that I already had. It is a great way to develop a professional mind-set and to see the bigger picture of technology and its place in the commercial environment. For anyone looking to gain experience at the interface between research and business, I would highly recommend becoming a UMIP Fellow.”

Julio Manuel Rios de la Rosa, a student from MHS, commented: “The programme was crucial in allowing me to have the support to explore the world of university intellectual property, working on a myriad of research topics even outside the scope of my own PhD project. The whole experience has made a huge impact both in my ability to analyse the commercialisation of research and the choice of key problems and how to solve them.”

Lynn Sheppard, Director of Manchester Enterprise Centre, commented: ”It is very exciting to see the UMIP Fellows Programme entering a third year and enabling students interested in enterprise to get hand-on experience of real technology commercialisation cases.”

If you would like to apply to be a UMIP Fellow, you can find out more here. Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 11th September 2015.

For additional information about our Fellow Programme, please contact: Mary Williams on 0161 606 7233 or mary.williams@umip.com

UMIP Appoints Three New Patent Agents

UMIP has appointed three firms to act as patent agents.

Specialist firms HGF Ltd, Mewburn Ellis and Appleyard Lees made the final cut, following a rigorous and highly competitive tender process, which saw immensely high quality responses from a large pool of applicants.

Commenting on the selection, Clare Arkwright, Head of IP services at UMIP, said:

“We’re confident each of these prestigious patent firms will add value to UMIP’s business through high quality drafting and prosecution of patents and the provision of appropriate strategic advice. We are very much looking forward to a productive partnership with each of the firms.”

Applicants had to demonstrate a proven record of university IP commercialisation, as well as the ability to draft high-quality patent specifications and trademark applications.

It was also vital that the agents were able to attend in-person meetings with inventors and university personnel at short notice multiple times each year.

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