Commercial Engagement

The undertakings of Adelaide Enterprise typically lead to discrete commercial enterprises, with the benefits felt society-wide.

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Refer to our commercialisation resources below, our templates & toolkits page or email with any specific commercialisation enquiries.

  • Technology transfer process

    Technology transfer (or "tech transfer") is the movement of knowledge and discoveries from the University to benefit the general public. An overview of the process of formally licensing technology and intellectual property to third parties can be found below.

    University of Adelaide Technology Transfer Process snapshot
    Invention disclosure
    • University of Adelaide researchers (inventors) to disclose their invention to Adelaide Enterprise
    • Contact IP Manager @ Adelaide Enterprise
    • Complete Invention Disclosure form, available from
    • Inform Faculty Executive Dean (delegated person e.g. Faculty Research Development Manager)
    • Priority status - public disclosure eminent e.g. publication, speaking at conferences or public forums and meeting with companies
    • Initial discussion with researcher, IP Manager and Commercial Manager (Adelaide Enterprise)
    • Preliminary screening assessment undertaken by Adelaide Enterprise to identify high potential projects (‘licensable/commercialisable technologies’)
    • What is a ‘Good’ (Licensable/Commercialisable) Technology
    • Researcher to provide unique insights into the relevant markets and share developed industry contacts that may be interested in your invention
    • Assignment of rights to University of Adelaide
    • Decide on best path to protect IP, different types of IP requires different protection e.g. patent, trade mark, design or plant breeders right (PBR) or keep it confidential "trade secret"
    • Costs - Agreement on initial costs for registering rights and ongoing application costs
    • Adelaide Enterprise oversees the patent application process, working closely with the inventor/s and your/our external patent attorneys
    • Licensing - license is an agreement that grants another entity rights to the University's intellectual property
    • Start-ups - invention provides compelling concept, a strong market opportunity, a competitive advantage, a sound business and financial plan, and an experienced management team
    • Royalties received by the University of Adelaide from commercialisation are distributed annually to the University, Faculty and inventors according to University policy

    What is a ‘good’ (licensable/commercialisable) technology?

    • An invention that is legally protectable
    • Is relevant to a market need (has commercial value)
    • Can be envisioned as a material product (mature for commercialisation)
    • Is supported by inventors showing willingness to facilitate ‘technology transfer’
  • IP principles

    As a leader in research and innovation, the University of Adelaide encourages an entrepreneurial environment and culture for its staff and students. We are committed to engaging and partnering with industry in the translation of our research to create economic, environmental and social benefits both in Australia and globally.

    Our approach to managing IP is based on six key principles:

    1. We promote dissemination of the knowledge created by our research, either through open access or commercialisation.
    2. We're committed to partnering with industry, entrepreneurs, investors, governments and the broader community to translate our research for society's benefit.
    3. We ensure IP access, ownership and revenue sharing arrangements are clear, fair and work to deliver optimal impact for all parties.
    4. We're transparent in our commercial dealings and provide access to our Intellectual Property Policy and template agreements.
    5. We deliver a high-quality service for both internal and external stakeholders, and deal with all commercial and partnerships agreements and communications in a timely manner.
    6. We encourage inventors to be active participants in the translation process, and recognise this with a share of the net revenue resulting from commercialisation.
  • IN-PART technology marketing


    IN-PART is the intelligent matchmaking platform that makes the initial connection for technology transfer between universities and companies simple, efficient and scalable. Through the IN-PART platform Adelaide Enterprise can distribute your potentially groundbreaking research, direct to relevant industry contacts that have the ability to collaborate and commercialise.

    Find the overview for universities here.

    Contact to find out more.