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September 2016

Welcome to Isis Enterprise E-News

Welcome to the September 2016 edition of Isis Enterprise Enews.

Over the summer, Isis Enterprise has delivered training in Buenos Aires and in Oxford, and I am delighted to announce that our training course ‘Technology Transfer: Theory to Practice’ has been accredited by the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (see below).

Isis Enterprise has longstanding technology transfer partnerships with a number of UK universities, and we have recently broadened the scope of this work to include a greater focus on investments and strategic support.  Last month, Bruno Reynolds and Ben Oakley published an article entitled ‘Keep or Kill or keep patent applications: the TTO dilemma’ in Times Higher Education.

Meanwhile, our network continues to expand: we have two new associates, in Spain and the US, and we look forward to developing business in those countries.  As ever, please get in touch to exchange ideas, or to register at one of our Oxford events.

With best regards,


Dr Steve Cleverley,
Head of Isis Enterprise (UK)

Isis Enterprise Training Course wins ATTP Accreditation

Isis Enterprise recently received accreditation from the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) for its ‘Technology Transfer: Theory to Practice’ training course. This means the course now provides 15 Continuing Education points which can be used in applying for the professional qualification of ‘Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP)’.

The aim of our ‘Theory to Practice’ course is to provide both fundamental and broad coverage of tech transfer issues.  Topics include (i) intellectual property, (ii) technology transfer project management, (iii) technology licencing, (iv) creating spin-out companies, (v) business models, (vi) valuing technologies, (vii) marketing technologies, (vii) sourcing innovation, and (ix) attracting new venture funding.

We ran the course on 5 and 6 July in Oxford. 17 participants attended the course, including representatives from eight UK universities, a Dutch university, the University of Los Andes in Colombia, the Agency for the Promotion of European Research  in Italy, a Spanish firm, and the Maltese government.  As well as a fun and lively learning experience, the course was a great opportunity to network .

The accreditation puts us in a ground-breaking position: IE is the first accredited training organisation which is not a professional TT association (e.g. Praxis-Unico, AUTM, ASTP-Proton, Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia, SNITTS or SARIMA). We will be running the course again in January, 2017.  To register your interest, please email

Patent Management Services for Snell Advanced Media Ltd

Snell Advanced Media Ltd (SAM) designs and develops technologies for the media production market (live production, production, editing & finishing, playout & delivery, infrastructure & image processing). SAM has its headquarters in Newbury, UK but has operations across the globe: the company’s global reach is reflected in the diversity and geographical spread of its extensive IP portfolio. SAM has engaged Isis Enterprise to support with managing portions of its Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio. Over the coming months, IE will be helping the company commercialise a number of its patents. The package of support will compliment SAM’s wider IP strategy, and we hope will lead to new opportunities and revenue streams for the company.

Steve Cleverley, Head of Isis Enterprise, says, “We are delighted to be working with one of the leading companies in the media production solutions market. Isis Enterprise has extensive experience assisting its clients from both the academic and corporate sectors in managing their patent portfolios. We look forward to supporting Snell Advanced Media in identifying and developing new and exciting commercialisation opportunities for its IP.”

How to manage university patent portfolios

Isis Enterprise works in partnership with a number of universities in the UK to advise them on management of their IP portfolios. In Times Higher Education last month, IE consultants Bruno Reynolds and Ben Oakley wrote about strategies universities can employ to optimise returns on their patent portfolios. We know that a strong pipeline of research output underpins any successful technology transfer operation but, beyond the research base, implementing a few simple processes can help to maintain a healthy IP portfolio.  Read the article here.

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