The technology transfer offices of Edinburgh, Imperial, Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester and UCL have collaborated to produce a briefing paper, "UK University Technology Transfer: behind the headlines".
The document explains the role and achievements of university Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs), and answers some frequently asked questions.
It is intended to be a useful resource for government, industry and other sectors who interact with university TTOs.
While each university has its own structure and assignment of responsibilities, the goals of each TTO are broadly similar, and regulatory and procedural issues faced are common to all.
Claire Brady, Head of Technology Transfer at Edinburgh Research and Innovation, the commercialisation office for the University of Edinburgh, said:
"There are many common preconceptions around challenges in accessing university intellectual property. Our experience in working with industry paints a different picture and, hopefully, this paper will reassure the technology community that we take on board feedback and common ground can be found."
Download the briefing paper