Intellectual Property

Researchers must be mindful that the public disclosure of inventions or potentially patentable ideas before registration may prejudice the opportunity to exploit fully the fruits of such research. You should ensure you are familiar with the University’s copyright (PDF 25K, Downloads file) and IPR (PDF 395K, Downloads file) statements on the website. 

Additionally, where the research is funded or part-funded by a third party, in particular for industrially sponsored research, the contractual agreement associated with the funding must be adhered to.

Once any IP arising from their research programme has been protected, and the results have been published, the University expects researchers to be able to make available relevant data and materials to other researchers, on request. However, such release of data and materials should be consistent with ethical principles governing consent, confidentiality and anonymity, and should respect any intellectual property rights that arise either as a matter of general legal principles or specifically as a result of a research contract.