KU Leuven Research & Development (LRD) was established in 1972 as one of the first technology transfer offices in Europe. Over the last 40 years, LRD has developed a tradition of collaborating with industry, securing and licensing intellectual property rights, and creating spin-off companies. LRD is dedicated to building bridges between science and industry, and to transferring knowledge and technologies to the marketplace.
KU Leuven Research & Development (LRD) was created in 1972 as one of the first tech transfer offices in Europe. It is a separate entity within the KU Leuven with the specific mission to promote and support the transfer of knowledge and technology between the university and the industry. To this end, LRD offers professional advice regarding legal, technical as well as business-related issues. LRD employs a multidisciplinary team of more than 50 employees, including legal counsellors, IPR officers, business development advisors and advisors for EU-projects.
Science & Technology or Services
KU Leuven Research & Development (LRD) offers professional advice on several domains:
- Contract and collaborative research: Researchers at the KU Leuven pursue different types of collaborations, in which LRD can provide legal, financial and administrative support. Professional advice is provided both to scout opportunities and to negotiate and elaborate research contracts.
Flemish and European funded research projects and initiatives, where an agreement typically has to be concluded with third parties, such as the industry or other R&D institutes, are supported by the legal counsels and the EU advisors of LRD. Legal support is also provided in negotiations on agreements between the university and/or other higher education institutes of the association and industrial or other partners worldwide. Furthermore, tenders with governmental agencies are supported by the legal staff of LRD.
- Intellectual Property Rights Management: The successful commercialisation or exploitation of one's intellectual property (IP) requires an adequate protection of the IP as well as an appropriate strategy to transfer the IP from the academic world to the business sector. LRD offers active support with respect to all aspects related to IP, with an explicit focus on its protection and commercialisation. An active patent and licensing policy is pursued and support is offered with respect to the following activities:
- raising awareness & transferring knowledge;
- providing information on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR);
- providing access to the patent literature;
- assessing the feasibility, patentability and market potential of an invention;
- determining a protection strategy;
- drafting and filing a patent application;
- follow-up of patent procedures & costs;
- negotiating and drafting Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) and Material Transfer Agreements (MTA);
- negotiating and drafting license agreements;
- selecting industrial partners.
- Spin-off creation: The creation of spin-off companies has become an important mechanism for the commercialisation of university research results. LRD actively supports the process of turning a business idea and a technology into a new and promising company. KU Leuven has a long spin-off tradition. Over the past 35 years, the growing entrepreneurial culture among researchers, in combination with the support provided by LRD, has led to the creation of over 80 spin-off companies, employing more than 2000 people.
LRD offers support with respect to:
- development of a business plan;
- protection and exploitation of intellectual property;
- finding investors;
- negotiation & legal support;
- finding infrastructure;
- management of growth of the spin-off company;
- support in strengthening the management skills of the team;
- stimulating networking & clustering.
- LRD is involved in the knowledge-driven regional economic development and the construction of science parks and incubators in the Leuven region.
Phone: +32 16 32 65 00
Fax: +32 16 32 06 07
Foundation date: 1/1972