This report, delivered by IP Pragmatics Ltd to NCUB, is a preliminary assessment of the contribution of the Easy Access IP initiative. Easy Access IP is an approach to knowledge exchange (KE) between universities and business under which research institutions offer a free licence to a specific technology, using a simple, non-negotiable, one-page agreement.

For this initial analysis, evidence has been gathered from HEIs about how the scheme is used, and the deals that have been concluded using the approach. It recognises that it is too early to draw any firm conclusions as to the success of the scheme and instead aims to get a thorough understanding of the current viewpoint of the participating Universities.