Easy Access Intellectual Property
As part of Dstl's commitment to improving access to technologies, we're making some of our Intellectual Property available for free. These technology advancements are open for anyone to use and develop.
Why get involved with Easy Access IP?
Dstl’s Easy Access IP portfolio gives you access to technologies developed by our world class scientists. Over the decades, defence research has produced countless groundbreaking advances including supersonic air travel, liquid crystal displays and infrared detectors. These have had far-reaching impact in the wider commercial sphere, often in new and unrelated markets.
Dstl’s Easy Access IP technologies are readily available for anyone to use and further develop. All we ask is that you tell us how you plan to develop the technology.
Watch our short video for more detail.
Who can access our IP?
Anyone can. We want our research programmes to seed innovation and societal impact. If you believe you can use and develop the technology we would like to hear from you.
Current Dstl technologies available for licence under Easy Access IP
This list is regularly updated as new technologies become available.
This technology is a low-cost, easy-to-use, man-portable device for isolating and decontaminating a chemical, biological or radiological hazard on a level or near-level surface. Read further details about this opportunity.
This technology comprises a new lightweight, expedient respirator concept which eliminates many of the disadvantages of existing full-face respirator designs. Read further details about this opportunity.
Deployable radio antenna
This technology provides a resilient linear antenna that deploys from a rolled configuration. Carbon fibre is used to provide a resilient antenna while minimising the rolled package size. Read further details about this opportunity.
Instantaneous compact-wideband antenna
This is a small wideband antenna made by layering a substrate. The invention increases the bandwidth of an antenna by adding a second antenna element in stacked relationship to (internally or around) the first. Read further details about this opportunity.
A compact wideband antenna
This is a small wideband antenna made by layering a substrate. The technology has been implemented to construct a compact antenna that operates across a wide frequency range. It offers good performance relative to its size and is simple to manufacture. Read further details about this opportunity.
This is a silicone-based synthetic skin for evaluating the effect or behaviour of substances on skin, and processes for removing substances from skin. Read further details about this opportunity.
A protective garment comprising an antenna
This is a protective garment which incorporates an antenna, the antenna comprising a number of antenna elements. Read further details about this opportunity.
A helmet comprising air vents
This is a helmet which incorporates air vents and covers for opening and closing the air vents. The covers are configured to hinge outwardly from the helmet to open the air vents. Read further details about this opportunity.
A rucksack for connecting to electrical devices
The technology is a multi-functional frame and wearable mounting system such as a rucksack, harness, or body armour. The frame provides the wearer with ‘universal’ power and network connections for electrical devices. Read further details about this opportunity.
Blunt impact head injury model
This is a physical tool for assessing the skull fracture risk during blunt impacts. It can be used to evaluate the risk when a helmet deforms against the head under dynamic loading. Read further details about this opportunity.
Gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (ggt) attenuated Francisella
This relates to a mutated Francisella bacterium, wherein the ggt gene is silenced or deleted. The ggt gene is a well-characterised target, which should aid licensing of an attenuated Francisella vaccine. Read further details about this opportunity.
Animal training system and method
The technology is an animal training system to train an animal to detect a training odour. It reduces inadvertent cues from handlers or observers. Read further details about this opportunity.
What else do I need to know about Dstl’s Easy Access IP technology?
- it’s important to Dstl that our technology is exploited as fully as possible, so we ask that you inform us how you intend to use the technology
- we also ask that you acknowledge that the IP was originally developed by Dstl
- you will need to sign a simple one page licence agreement, in addition to maintaining the patent.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) needs to retain the right to use its own technology, so Dstl cannot offer fully exclusive licences. Although the licence is offered free of charge (there are no up-front fees, milestone payments or royalties) you will need to pay our agreed external patent costs. We can provide indicative costs for patents, which will be invoiced in UK pounds sterling.
To find out more about the scheme or a particular technology, simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Easy Access IP scheme
Easy Access institutions promote new ways of sharing intellectual property (IP) to make it easier for researchers and industry to work together. The concept was pioneered by the University of Glasgow, University of Bristol and King’s College London.
Easy Access IP is the first scheme to formalise the practice of offering IP for free in combination with very simple licence agreements. For further information about the scheme, visit the Easy Access IP website.
Easy Access IP offers the following benefits to organisations:
- low technology readiness patents available for investment
- an entry point to government for organisations, including small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
- better relationships between organisations and government
- a transfer of knowledge from government to organisations that can exploit it
Other routes for licensing IP
Easy Access IP is offered alongside Dstl’s conventional route for licensing IP. Find out more about other technologies available for commercial exploitation via Dstl’s technology transfer company, Ploughshare Innovations.
Dstl Intellectual Property
Easy Access IP Licensing Co-ordinator
G01-B, Building 5
Dstl Porton Down
Published: 5 February 2015
Updated: 3 November 2015
- Respirator technology added.
- Updated with new technology: Deployable radio antenna
- Added 2 new technologies: Instantaneous compact-wideband antenna and A compact wideband antenna.
- Added new Easy Access IP technology: synthetic skin
- Added video on Easy Access IP
- First published.