Intellectual Property

Creating, managing and using intellectual property (both your own and others) is a core element of academic life. Intellectual property (IP) represents the property of your mind or intellect - knowledge, discoveries and inventions in material form. It includes ‘know-how,’ trade secrets, patents, trademarks, industrial designs, reports, publications, and literary and artistic works (see full definition below). With the exception of copyright and circuit layout rights, which are automatic, you must take formal steps to register IP and obtain the legal rights of ownership.

This site provides information about the University’s IP-related policies, processes and support services as well as guides for staff and students.

Definition of 'intellectual property'

IP is continually generated by researchers. It is not just tangible items such as patents, designs, manuscripts, and pieces of art, but ideas, data, concepts and theories. IP includes:

  1. Literary, artistic, musical and dramatic works in which copyright subsists.
  2. Field and laboratory notebooks.
  3. Cinematographic and multimedia works in which copyright subsists.
  4. Performances of performing artists, sound recordings and broadcasts.
  5. Patentable and non-patentable inventions.
  6. Registered and unregistered designs, plant varieties and topographies.
  7. Circuit layouts.
  8. Registered and unregistered trademarks, service marks and commercial names and designations.
  9. Databases, computer software and related material not otherwise coming within any of the other designated items of ‘intellectual property’.
  10. Scientific discoveries.
  11. Know-how and other proprietary information associated with any of the other designated items of ‘intellectual property’.