Intellectual property: a toolkit

The IPO has provided us with a guide to patents, trade marks, copyright or design: how intellectual property applies to the work of engineering academics.

Intellectual Property Office is an operating name of the Patent Office.

Innovation is at the heart of everything engineers do. This innovation has value, which may be protected by intellectual property rights. Appropriate use of intellectual property rights can ensure that your innovation has the opportunity to succeed. Whether it is a new method which solves an existing problem or a new tool which opens up new possibilities.

Intellectual Property (IP) in broad terms covers the manifestation of ideas, creativity and innovation in a tangible form. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), the legal forms of IP, helps protect your creativity and innovation.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) created a series of resources to help people in universities understand how IP works and applies to them.

IP Tutor provides a 40 minute online introduction to intellectual property rights. Learn about how patent, trade mark, design and copyright law works, and how each applies to your work. IP Tutor is useful for anyone wanting to gain a basic understanding of IP.


IP Tutor Plus supports university lecturers in engaging with their students on IP. IP Tutor Plus helps highlight the relevance of IP in a student’s future career, and the situations where IP should be considered. IP Tutor Plus includes lecture slides, notes, case studies, talking points and FAQ.


IP for Research highlights the relevance of IP in PhD students and researchers work. IP for Research includes 6 quick guides on IP and commercialisation as well as a half day face-to-face workshop.




Lambert Toolkit assists academic or research institutions in collaboration with business. The Lambert toolkit includes a series of model research agreements to help facilitate negotiations between potential partners and reduce the time, effort and costs required to secure an agreement.




Intellectual Asset Management Guide for Universities helps vice-chancellors, senior decision makers and senior managers at universities set strategies to optimise the benefits from the intellectual assets created in their institutions.

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