Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

IP Management

Intellectual property developed at RCSI is managed in line with the National IP Protocol 2016 and the RCSI IP Policy 2017 in conjunction with the Conflict of Interest Policy.

The Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) has two key objectives in relation to research commercialisation:

  • To provide high quality services to assist and support the College's research staff in identifying and protecting innovations and intellectual property assets.
  • Maximise value of the College's Intellectual Property assets through commercialisation in partnership with industry and entrepreneurs.

  The office provides information and support in the following areas:  

  • Advice on the development of projects with commercial potential
  • Help in applying for grant funding to develop technology to a more commercially ready state
  • Support for all forms of industry engagement:     

            1. To inform commercially relevant research
            2. To perform collaborative research
            3. To perform industry fully funded research

  • Intellectual property management and patent filing
  • Negotiation of IP agreements:

            1. Non-Disclosure or Confidentiality Agreements
            2. Material Transfer Agreements
            3. Intellectual Property Assignments and Management Agreements
            4. License Agreements including, Option Agreements and, Evaluation Licenses
            5. Collaborative Agreements with third parties including industry
            6. Shareholders Agreements, start-up company advice and mentoring

  • Commercialisation of research by:

            1. Spin off
            2. Licensing
            3. Co-development with Industry

Please contact a member of the team below for any queries:

Aoife Gallagher - Head of Innovation :
Seamus Browne - Head of Industry Partnerships :
Derek John - Technology Transfer Case Manager :
Michelle Kelly - Research Contracts Officer :
Kevin Lynch  - Assistant Research Officer :


Useful links to Knowledge Transfer Ireland Managing IP

Please contact or any of the individuals listed above if you require advice or assistance on any aspect of Intellectual Property.  


  Inspiring Partnership – the national IP Protocol 2016 

IP Protocol Resource Guide   KTI Practical Guide Managing Intellectual Property & Confidentiality  KTI Practical Guide Managing Intellectual Property & Confidentiality