Licensing and intellectual property

Make our inventions your innovations

The University has a large portfolio of medical, biomedical, engineering and environmental patents available for licensing to organisations like yours.

Whether it's a life-changing vaccine or a piece of time-saving technology, our intellectual property could become your Company's crowning glory. View our current patents for licensing portfolio.

Easy Access Innovation

The University of Birmingham has recently joined the Easy Access Innovation initiative making some IP available for free. Our portfolio of Easy Access IP aims to increase the engagement between the University and industry to accelerate the transfer of University knowledge and expertise into the hands of the best commercial partner who can develop it to benefit the economy and society.

Contact Alta Innovations Ltd, the University's trading and commercialisation Company, for more information or visit the Easy Access IP Initiative website.

Case studies

We have licensed many technologies in a wide range of sectors, including:

Type of technologyLicensee
Pharmaceuticals Pfizer, Berlin Chemie, Acambis
Diagnostics Circassia, Diagenode
Medical devices CRT, Abcam, Serotec Morphosys, Beckman Coulter
Plant biotechnologies Plant Biosciences
Nanotechnologies Inanovate
Software Astron Clinica, iSoft, WSI, Bitstream
Publishing content and images Elsevier, Harper Collins, Wellcome Trust, Radcliffe Publishing



John Pearson
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8632