Revenue sharing

Cambridge Enterprise handles the sharing of licensing revenue with inventors and departments.

In the tables below, net income is income received by Cambridge Enterprise less expenditure on:

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

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

For an explanation of what it means to opt-in or opt-out of working with Cambridge Enterprise, please read this FAQ and this FAQ on the topic.

Revenue sharing opt-in

Net incomeInventor(s)Department(s)Cambridge Enterprise
First £100,000 (£149,398 RPI*)90%5%5%
Next £100,000 (£149,398 RPI*)60%20%20%
Above £200,000 (£298,796 RPI*)34%33%33%

Revenue sharing opt-out

Net incomeInventor(s)Department(s)University
First £50,000 (£74,699 RPI*)100%0%0%
Above £50,000 (£74,699 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 31/07/2019). For income received during the agreement’s life, thresholds will be RPI adjusted from the date of the receipt of the income back to the 12/12/2005, before income is calculated and distributed to the parties listed above.

Image: May Bumps 2011, by Sir Cam, courtesy the University of Cambridge.