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13 July 2017
The Ministry of Defence’s Intellectual Property Rights group (DIPR) has signed an agreement with Ploughshare Innovations, expanding Ploughshare’s role to provide technology transfer services to wider MOD.
Ploughshare is the UK's leading defence technology transfer company with responsibility for the technology transfer of early stage research and Intellectual Property (IP) from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
This new agreement enables Ploughshare to have access to inventions from other MOD areas such as the all-staff MOD idea scheme – GEMS, niche technical areas such as Defence Medical Services (DMS), and those instances where the MOD owns IP generated under contract, such as with the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE plc).
Ploughshare will now have an increased portfolio of IP which it can make available to industry to commercialise. In turn, the MOD anticipates even greater impact from the investment it makes in research and development, and also for the wider contribution its staff can make.
James Kirby, Ploughshare CEO, commented:
"The commercialisation of Government IP benefits the UK economy in many ways. For example, Dstl IP alone has created 550 new jobs and generated exports in excess of £44 million. By significantly expanding the IP we have access to, those figures can be dramatically increased to further benefit the UK economy."
The initiative will allow not just scientific and engineering developments to be commercialised but any innovative output from MOD staff.
Ploughshare will incorporate the technologies into its established approach to industry to develop commercial licensing arrangements and the creation of spin-out companies.
Notes to editors
Defence Intellectual Property Rights is responsible for managing all intellectual property owned or controlled by MOD, excluding that generated by Dstl. The Bristol-based team sets MOD’s intellectual property policy, advises internal customers on rights and obligations in MOD contracts, and manages Crown copyright works, as well as managing registered and unregistered intellectual property rights (patents, trade marks and designs).
Ploughshare Innovations was formed in 2005 to commercialise and exploit Dstl’s intellectual property generated from its research. Since its establishment, Ploughshare has commercialised more than 124 technologies and launched twelve spin-out companies, principally for civilian applications. Ploughshare, has also negotiated licences in the defence field resulting in research being pulled through into defence products to meet defence requirements.
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) maximises the impact of science and technology (S&T) for the defence and security of the UK, supplying sensitive and specialist S&T services for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and wider government.
Dstl is an Executive Agency of the MOD, run along commercial lines. It is one of the principal government organisations dedicated to S&T in the defence and security field, with three main sites at Porton Down, near Salisbury, Portsdown West, near Portsmouth, and Fort Halstead, near Sevenoaks.
Dstl works with a wide range of partners and suppliers in industry, in academia and overseas. Around 60% of MOD’s Science and Technology Programme is delivered by these external partners and suppliers.
For more information contact the Dstl press office on 01980 658666, 07901 892660, firstname.lastname@example.org.