Intellectual Property Advisory Group (IPAG)

The Intellectual Property Advisory Group (IPAG) is responsible to the Research & Innovation Committee for advising on the development of University policy around the management and exploitation of intellectual property.

IPAG meets on average three times per year. Its membership includes senior academics from the University of Oxford, senior members of Research Services and Legal Services, and representatives from Oxford University Innovation. IPAG is serviced jointly by Research Services and Oxford University Innovation.

Meeting dates

2020-2021

Term Time Date
Michaelmas 2020 10am–12 noon Tuesday 23 November 2020
Hilary 2021 2–4pm Monday 23 February 2021
Trinity 2021 2–4pm Monday 15 June 2021

 

 

The Intellectual Property Advisory Group shall be responsible to the Research & Innovation Committee for the following matters, and shall report to the Research & Innovation Committee, making recommendations as appropriate:

(a) the provision of advice on general policy issues pertaining to the management and exploitation of the University’s intellectual property;

(b) the provision of advice on the University’s Intellectual Property Policy, its implementation and disputes arising in respect of these matters;

(c) the consideration and resolution of disputes, or their referral as appropriate to the Research Committee, about matters concerning intellectual property management and technology transfer (such as the distribution of equity shares in spin-out companies amongst inventors, the University, and investors);

(d) the provision of advice to the Vice-Chancellor to assist his or her role in the arbitration of disagreements between inventors over revenue-sharing arrangements;

(e) the giving of advice to the Director of Research Services and the Managing Director of Oxford University Innovation on specific proposals for the exploitation of the University’s intellectual property through sponsored research or licence agreements [1], bearing in mind the need to balance commercial considerations with academic and other concerns;

(f) the referral of matters associated with the management of intellectual property, as appropriate, to the Committee on Conflict of Interest, in particular to ensure that risks are minimised (for example in connection with the acceptance of research sponsorship from spin-out companies in which the principal investigator has an equity interest);

(g) contribute to, and provide advice on University responses to Government on national initiatives pertaining to intellectual property, technology transfer or related issues;

(h) providing guidance and advice to the relevant University bodies on education and training matters relating to intellectual property and technology transfer;

(i) in addition, IPAG may report to GPC on matters pertaining to the University’s intellectual property that fall within GPC’s remit.

 


[1] The reference to sponsored research or licence agreements serves to differentiate (f) from (e)

 

Members and Attending Officers

Name Position

Professor Patrick Grant, ex officio

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), Chair

Professor Chas Bountra, ex officio Pro-Vice Chancellor (Innovation), Deputy Chair

Dr Matt Perkins, ex officio

Chief Executive Officer of Oxford University Innovation

Mrs Gillian Aitken, ex officio Registrar

Dr Stephen Conway, ex officio

Director of Research Services

Mr Lindsay Pearson, ex officio

Director of Finance

Mr Geoff Lees, ex officio Head of IP, Data and Research Legal Team

Associate Professor Nicholas Davidson, St Edmund Hall, Faculty of History (until 2020)

One academic representative from the Humanities Division

Dr Robert Pitkethly, St Peter’s College, Faculty of Management (from 2018)

Professor Robert Burrell, St Peter's College, Faculty of Law (from 2019)

Two academic representatives from the Social Sciences Division

Professor Andrew Carr, Worcester College, NDORMS (from 2019)

Professor Sarah Blagden, Oncology (from 2019)

Two academic representatives from the Medical Sciences Division

Professor Constantin Coussios, Magdalen, Engineering (from 2020)

Professor Steven G. Davies, Magdalen, Chemistry (from 2015)

Two academic representatives from the MPLS Division

Ms Ana Bakshi, Director, Oxford Foundry (from 2019) Student representative

Dr Holly Reeve (Chemistry), Oxford Research Staff Society (from 2017)

Carolyn McKee,  Head of Commercial Strategy and Risk, Medical Sciences Division (from 2020)

Professor Dermot O’Hare, Balliol College, Chemistry (from 2020)

Three co-opted members

Dr Mairi Gibbs, Head of Operations, Oxford University Innovation

Officers in attendance

 

Secretary: Lucy Booth, Head of IP Rights Management, Research Services