New book on intellectual property targets start-ups

28 May 2012

Dr John Mc Manus, who has written a book on IP, at NovaUCD. Image by Nick Bradshaw

R&D expert Dr John Mc Manus has penned a new book on intellectual property (IP), with the aim of equipping technology start-ups, researchers and innovators with more knowledge about how to best protect, manage and commercialise their IP as part of their growth strategies.

The book, Intellectual Property: From Creation to Commercialisation, was launched at NovaUCD this morning.

Mc Manus himself has experience in R&D and in the development and delivery of IP training courses. He was previously group intellectual property manager with NTERA, while he has also held commercialisation positions at both Enterprise Ireland and NovaUCD.

“The interest I have received from my IP training courses, in Ireland and internationally, convinced me that there was a need to provide a practical guide for researchers in universities, research centres and young companies,” said Mc Manus.

He said the book aims to explain the main forms of IP and how researchers and start-ups can best manage it when they are preparing their inventions for commercialisation.

The book also covers how researchers can manage and transfer IP from a research environment into the commercial arena, such as when they form spin-outs.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic