TSW commenced action in 2013, claiming UWA owed it $4.7 million for recovery of expenses. Photo: Attila Csaszar

UWA spin-out wins appeal

The University of Western Australia could be forced to pay nearly $5 million to Bibra Lake business TSW Analytical after the Court of Appeal found its relationship with the spin-out company was largely undocumented and opaque.

UWA and TSW have been in the courts for more than three years in a dispute that has escalated as it has worn on.

A judgement handed down last Thursday provided a win for TSW, when three Supreme Court judges sitting as the Court of Appeal found that earlier rulings against the forensic science company were wrong.


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Sloppy, am sure the university's commercialisation unit has developed better formal and informal collaboration arrangements when it comes to innovation and R&D processes. Universities and Australian business need to lift their game when collaborating and working together.

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