Intellectual property

Research often gives rise to the creation of impactful Intellectual Property (IP) in the form of, but not limited to: patents; copyright; know-how; registered trademarks; registered designs; and unregistered designs.

Researchers should ensure that any contracts or agreements relating to research include provision for ownership and use of intellectual property.


Researchers should recognise that the presumption should be that any intellectual property discovered or developed using public or charitable funds should be disseminated in order to have a beneficial effect on society at large; unless there is an express restriction placed on any such dissemination. Any delay in publication and dissemination pending protection of intellectual property should be kept to a minimum.


For further information, please visit the IP Commercialisation webpages, or contact for advice.

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