Intellectual property rights

The term intellectual property (IP) describes the outputs of creative endeavour in literary, artistic, industrial and scientific fields which can be protected under legislation. In the University context IP includes research results and creative authored works, including computer software.

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) are the rights to use the IP for some purpose.  To gain the benefit of legal protection some IPR need to be registered (notably patents, and also trademarks) whereas others arise automatically when the work is created ( copyright). The owner of the IPR, usually, in this context, the University, can grant rights to others in the form of licences.  IPR are frequently subject to commercial agreements and contracts.

RED is the University’s point of contact for industry to access the results of University research for technology transfer, licensing and commercial development. We manage a portfolio of licensing opportunities available to industry for licensing out on a national and international basis.

If you think your research may have commercial value, please contact us before you publish or in any other way disclose your results.