Postgraduate course on intellectual property in research: strategies and practices

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This course gives a broad overview of different types of intellectual property (IP) and how it can be used to add value to research outcomes, from describing impact in grant applications to licensing and creating innovations and value to society. It will also provide tools for finding useful information from patents in your research area as well as for structuring and presenting research outcomes from an impact point of view.

The course includes four half-day seminars given by Uppsala University Innovation in collaboration with the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (Patent & Registreringsverket, PRV).

For whom: The course is open to PhD students, postdocs and researchers from all disciplinary domains at Uppsala University, University of Gävle and Dalarna University.

Credits/diploma: For PhD students, the course provides 3 ECTS in your postgraduate education. For other participants who complete the course, a course diploma is provided.

Time: Four half-day seminars on Wednesdays during the period 8-29 September 2021:

Seminar 1: 8/9
Seminar 2: 15/9
Seminar 3: 22/9
Seminar 4: 29/9

 All seminars start at 9:15 and end at 12:00.

Language: English

Location: Online on Zoom.


Autumn 2021 registration is closed. The course will be provided again next year.

About the seminars

Seminar 1: Basic IP knowledge
This seminar will provide an introduction to different types of IP and how they are relevant to academic research. You will get an overview of the international systems relevant for patents, trademarks, copyright and industrial design. In addition we will discuss how to protect a product or idea using various types of IP.

Seminar 2: Finding useful information from patents
This seminar will provide basic knowledge about the patent system: what a patent is, what can be patented and what the benefit of a patent is. Additionally, the seminar will give you insights into patent databases and how to search for patent information, and how to find and interpret relevant technical and legal information from the patent literature.

Seminar 3: IP in research
This seminar will take a closer look at the role IP plays in a research setting, what the “teacher´s exemption / professor´s privilege” really means and what support is available to you as a researcher who would like your research results to have an impact beyond academic publications. You will also be presented with a method to perform an inventory of intellectual assets in a project, as well as a number of examples of how IP can be used to generate value.

Seminar 4: Tools for communicating research outcomes
This seminar will give a practical overview of some useful tools for structuring and presenting research outcomes from a commercial perspective or with regard to other types of societal impact. The tools include the Impact Planning Canvas, Lean Canvas and SRI NABC methods.

Course literature
Will be provided during the course and consists of selected documentation and handouts related to the seminar presentations.

course completion

Upon completion of the course you should:

  • understand the basic concepts and forms of IP.
  • be able to find, evaluate and identify technical information from patent literature within your research area.
  • have learned a method to identify, categorize and evaluate intellectual assets within a research project.
  • have gained knowledge of some tools for structuring and presenting research outcomes from a commercial / societal impact perspective.

To pass the course you need to:

  • be present at all four seminars
  • complete three assignments that will be handed out during the course


If you have any further questions, please contact the course responsible: Nhils Forslund, UU Innovation

Last modified: 2021-09-01