Postgraduate course on intellectual property and commercialisation in collaboration with PRV

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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 commercial value to research outcomes, from describing impact in grant applications to licensing and creating startups. 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 a commercial 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 at Uppsala University, the course provides 3 ECTS in your postgraduate education. For other participants who complete the course, a course diploma is provided.

Time: 4 March - 25 March 2021:

Seminar 1: Thursday 4 March
Seminar 2: Thursday 11 March
Seminar 3: Thursday 18 March
Seminar 4: Thursday 25 March

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

Language: English

Location: Online on Zoom.


Registration is closed. A new round of the course will be provided in the autumn of 2021.

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.

Please remember to bring your laptop as this seminar includes a practical search session.

Seminar 3: 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 point of view. The tools include the Business Model Canvas, Lean Canvas and SRI NABC methods.

Seminar 4: Commercialisation of research outcomes
This seminar will give you an overview of different aspects of commercialisation of research outcomes, and how an inventory of IP assets within a project can be performed. We will also inform you about the support for commercialisation that is provided by UU Innovation.

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 gained knowledge of some tools for structuring and presenting research outcomes from a commercial point of view
  • understand how to identify and protect IP assets within a project

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: 2021-03-01