Software Commercialisation

Acquire a framework of skills and techniques for analysing software disclosures

Event description

You have some experience of Technology Transfer, and are happy handling and assessing invention disclosures, probably in your own academic field. It used to be hard to write software, but modern tools have made it apparently easy and now significant numbers of your disclosures involve software. You are aware that software has specific issues, but not yet how to analyse software disclosures. This course will explain the structure of software, the many types of applicable licence, and their implications of inbound and outward licensing. In addition, software may be sometimes deemed to be a medical device (which may be an advantage or disadvantage), and a specific session addresses the issues here.

Training outcomes

Know how software is built from components allowing reuse and sharing, and the importance of establishing provenance
Know the essential concepts (and jargon) of software development in order to interact effectively with inventors
Understand software licences, applicability and inter-dependency
Recognise the special eligibility rules for software patents
Understand when software may constitute as a medical device or diagnostic tool

2023 Dates 

Tuesday 21 November - Thursday 23 November 2023 (cannot be attended remotely)

Venue - The Cambridge BelfryBack Ln, Great Cambourne, Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6BW

Costs do not include accommodation and travel. PraxisAuril cannot make bookings on behalf of delegates. You will receive further information regarding booking your accommodation on the confirmation email. 

Event fee: Non-Members: £1,595 Member: £1,195

Please click the 'Book Now' button to register your space.

Who should attend?

  • Relevant job titles: KE professionals, technology transfer
  • Relevant sectors/organisations: Higher Education, public sector research organisations, NHS innovation, Software Coders
  • Experience needed: 3+ months experience in Technology Transfer, a basic knowledge of the types of intellectual property, but little experience in software commercialisation
  • Supporting courses: Previous attendance at Fundamentals of Technology Transfer would be very useful.
  • This course will contain; group work, network evenings, and interactive activities. 

If you are interested in the course please email to request to be put on the mailing list for new dates.

Course Directors

Gavin Smith
Gavin, now retired, was Director of Lancaster University Business Enterprises Ltd. He was responsible for commercialisation of research from all departments of Lancaster University, including evaluations, patenting, marketing, licensing, spinout company formation and also using IP to assist in winning collaborative research grants.




David Brownlee
David is the Innovation Advisor for Health and Social Care (HSC) in N. Ireland, where he heads up the HSC Innovations. Over the past 10 years in HSC, he has been responsible for amongst other things; the creation and delivery of the "Supporting Innovation in the HSC “framework project, the roll-out and adoption of the Innovation Policy for HSC, securing funding for and development of the infrastructure of HSC Innovations as a regional service; and managing and commercialising a pipeline of varied technologies in the healthcare arena.