Intellectual Property for Researchers – 10 February

Intellectual Property for Researchers – 10 February

Intellectual Property for Researchers-a comprehensive introduction to patent and intellectual property law for innovative academics. 

Date: Monday 10th February

Time: 10.00 – 15.30

Venue: University of Birmingham, Barbara Hepworth Room, University Square, central campus. B15 2TT

Event Introduction:

This programme has been developed to increase the Intellectual Property (IP) knowledge and skills of doctoral and early career researchers. This FREE workshop will support:

• Researchers to understand IP and the role it plays in their research goals;
• Researchers to make educated decisions on the use and commercialisation of IP developed within their institution;
• Researchers to engage with their Technology Transfer Office (or equivalent) at appropriate times within their research

Intellectual Property is important when considering opportunities to create impact. Whether your goal is for cultural, social or economic impact, IP can support your outcomes. IP rights include:

• Patents
• Trademarks
• Copyright
• Design Rights

As a researcher it is vital that you understand IP, are aware of its implications for your research and identify and manage the IP arising from your scholarly activity. This workshop will also help you to understand the support available within the University with plenty of opportunity for reflection, discussion and questions. 

This workshop is for researchers and PhD students from all academic disciplines. It will be led by Vitae, a global leader in supporting the professional development of researchers, in partnership with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and University of Birmingham Enterprise.


  • 1030-1100: Introduction to IP, why it is important, and a background to the IPO; delivered by Dr Katy Mahoney
  • 1100-1145: Overview of copyright – what is it, what can/cannot be copyrighted, exceptions and infringement
  • 1145-1230: Overview of patents – what are they, why they matter, what is excluded, patenting process
  • 1230-1315: Lunch break
  • 1315-1345: Overview of registered design – the rules around it, practical examples
  • 1345-1415: Trademarks and branding – the rules around it, practical examples
  • 1415-1445: University presentation: how, when and where to go for support on IP related matters. Francesco Colachino, University of Birmingham Enterprise Ltd
  • 1445-1515: Case study Daniel Hefft, University of Birmingham and Rheality Ltd
  • 1515-1530: Final questions and close.

All participants will be asked to complete 3 surveys, as one of the IPO’s requirements for the project is to track impact. They are all online. The first survey should be completed when participants register. At the end of the workshop, 10 minutes will be set aside for participants to complete the survey before they leave. The final survey will be emailed to those who opt in 3 months after the training event.

On registration you will be asked to complete the following survey:


The Barbara Hepworth Room is situated in Staff House, located on University Square, in the centre of campus. B15 2TT

For your convenience a campus map can be found here:

For more details and to book a place visit the Eventbrite here.

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