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During 2018, research cooperation between companies and these bodies resulted in the creation of 30 new spin-out companies (compared to 21 in 2017) and 124 patent applications, 76 per cent of which were for the higher education sector. The number of licenses, options and divestitures increased by 33% in 2018, the highest number since the survey began. Most licenses have been signed with Irish companies (76%), of which 61% for Irish SMEs. „Due to its structure, support and performance, Ireland is increasingly seen as a model of good practice for knowledge transfer on the international stage. We have accomplished a lot since the introduction of the ITC 5 years ago, and the results of today`s survey are really encouraging for Ireland`s future growth. The number of licenses, options and divestment agreements increased by 33% in 2018, the highest number since the survey began. Most licenses have been signed with Irish companies (76%) 61% for Irish SMEs. Most of the licenses were for patents and software. Cooperation in research and development has always been vigorous, largely supported by the fantastic offer of support. This year is no exception to the increase in the number of research projects in cooperation underway with RPOs and a continuous flow of new cooperation agreements signed. Innovation through research is an important contribution to the competitiveness of Irish and multinational companies based in Ireland.

Licensing activity remains on track: in 2019, 210 licensing, options and divestitures (LOAs) contracts were signed with companies, which corresponds to the five-year average. Of this total, 77% were signed for Irish companies and 50% of all LOA with Irish SMEs. Patents and software remain the main types of licensed intellectual property, with 34% and 17% respectively. In 2019, 26 new business products and services were introduced on the basis of an RPO licence. The ITC supports these cooperations in a variety of ways. „We share on our website a large number of materials and resources that help companies work with a third-party organization,“ she adds. „For example, they can see everything if financial and other aid is available for research and development in Ireland. We also have a number of framework documents on the rules of engagement in cooperation.

There are agreements of the kind that allow companies to spend their time thinking about the project, instead of spending it on the legal conditions that govern it. In 2018, cooperation between industry and science has led to a 33% increase in licenses, option contracts and divestment contracts, according to studies. „We also see an ongoing phase in 2018 from a research-industry transaction model, which requires negotiations for each new project, to a relational model that accelerates the implementation of product research. In 2018, there were 365 repetitive co-operations, an increase of 19% over the previous year. We will focus on this dynamic of qualitative progress and volume growth. The number of new research and development agreements with companies is broadly stable: 1,262 new contracts have been signed in 2019. Of these, 84% were Irish companies and 73% were Irish SMEs. The volume of research cooperation projects underway with industry at the end of 2019 shows a significant increase of 18% over the previous year. „We have a fast self-service model that helps companies decide where they want to go,“ says Campbell.