Postgraduate course on intellectual property in research: strategies and practices

Essential intellectual property knowledge for academics

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.

Course period: The course takes a break this autumn and we look forward to starting up the course again in the spring of 2023.

Language: English

Location: Mainly online on Zoom.

Registration for next course spring 2023

The next round of the postgraduate course on intellectual property in research will start in the spring of 2023. Registration will open in late autumn of 2022.

About the seminars

Seminar 1: The IP tool box
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 an idea using various types of IP.

Seminar 2: Patents and patent information
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, how to search for patent information, and how to find and interpret relevant technical and legal information from the patent literature.

Seminar 3: Identifying and generating value from intellectual assets
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 for creating impact from research results 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: Transforming knowledge into practice
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: 2022-07-04