PhD course on intellectual property rights and commercialisation

This course covers basic knowledge about intellectual property rights (IPR) and commercialisation of research results and is aimed at PhD students and employees within the disciplinary domain of science and technology. It will also give you tools to find useful information from patents in your research area. The course includes three seminars given by the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (Patent & Registreringsverket, PRV) and UU Innovation.

Credits: 2 ECTS (hp) in your research education.

The course starts in October 2018 at the Ångström Laboratory, see below for time and place for each of the three seminars.


Registration is now open. Registration deadline is 4 September.

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Course responsible: Annica Önell, Upptech
Examiner: Jörgen Olsson, Department of engineering sciences

About the seminars

Seminar 1: Basic knowledge about intellectual property rights
Thursday 4 October, 9:15-12:00, Room 4005, Ångström Laboratory

This seminar will give you an introduction to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and how different aspects of IPR are relevant to academic research. There will be an overview of the international systems relevant for patents, trademarks, copyright and industrial design and a discussion on how to protect a product or idea using various types of IPR.

Seminar 2: Find useful information from patents within your research area
Thursday 11 October 9:15-12:00, Room 4005, Ångström Laboratory

This session will give you insights into patent databases and how to search for patent information, finding and interpreting relevant technical and legal information from the patent literature.

Seminar 3: Commercialisation of research outcomes
Thursday 18 October, 9:15-12:00, Room 4005, Ångström Laboratory

This seminar will give an overview of different aspects of commercialisation of research outcomes, and it shows how an inventory of IP assets within a project can be performed. Information about support for the innovation process given by UU Innovation will also be presented.

Course literature
Will be provided prior to the second seminar and consists of selected patents and hand-outs related to the seminar presentations.


Assignment 1
Select an appropriate database with patent content and make a search in your research area. Locate four relevant full text patents.
1. Read and summarize the technical content in your own words for each patent (1/2 – 1 A4 page in total for the four patents).
2. For each patent: refer to the patent correctly, give an account for the patent family size and note the extent of subsequent patent documents which cite the patent as prior art.
3. Indicate which database you retrieved the information from and include a brief description of keywords/patent classification codes you used to find the patent documents.
4. Describe the legal status on the level of application/granted patent for the complete patent family.

Note: If you have a research area where patents are of minor relevance contact course responsible for guidance.

Assignment 2
Identify the different types of intellectual property that are created in a research project(s), how they potentially could create value and impact, and how you should or could protect the IP. The description does not need to be detailed or include specific results/inventions, but should rather discuss the types of IP that can create value and associated weaknesses of the IP.

course completion

Upon completion you should:
- know the basic concepts and forms of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
- be able to find, evaluate and identify technical information from patent literature within your research area
- understand how to identify and protect intellectual property assets within a project

To pass the course you need to:
- be present at all three seminars
- complete a patent information search relating to your research area according to instructions in seminar 2 and summarize your findings in a written report
- make a brief inventory of different types of IP assets in your research area based on instructions from seminar 3.


For more information, please contact business advisor Nhils Forslund at UU Innovation.