Inventions, IP and licensing

Revenue sharing

Revenue sharing

Cambridge Enterprise handles the sharing of licensing revenue with inventors and departments. In the table below, net income is income less expenditure on:

  • all reasonable expenses paid outside the University and Cambridge Enterprise, including patent agent fees, for the filing prosecution and maintenance of intellectual property rights
  • all reasonable external legal fees incurred in the commercialisation of the intellectual property
  • all reasonable external legal fees expended on litigation
  • all reasonable expenditure on insurance relating to the maintenance and enforcement of intellectual property rights
  • any revenue due to third parties, such as sponsors
  • any other expenditure that is agreed upon the inventors (for example, some types of proof of concept funds)

Cambridge Enterprise distributes income equally to inventors and other relevant creators identified by the inventors, unless advised otherwise in writing.

Revenue sharing opt-in

2005 IPR Policy: opt-in revenue share table

Net income Inventor(s) Department(s) Cambridge Enterprise
First £100,000 (£132,869 RPI*) 90% 5% 5%
Next £100,000 (£132,869 RPI*) 60% 20% 20%
Above £200,000 (£265,738 RPI*) 34% 33% 33%

Revenue sharing opt-out

2005 IPR Policy: opt-out revenue share table

Net income Inventor(s) Department(s) University
First £50,000 (£66,434 RPI*) 100% 0% 0%
Above £50,000 (£66,434 RPI*) 85% 7.5% 7.5%

*The RPI adjusted threshold, as per direction of the 2005 IPR Policy (i.e. adjusted for the period 12/12/2005 to 31/12/2014). For income received during an agreement period, thresholds will be RPI adjusted, from the date of receipt of the income back to the 12/12/2005, before income is calculated and distributed to the parties listed above.