The course, which corresponds to 3 ECTS credits, 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 for research from patents as well as for structuring and presenting research outcomes from a commercial point of view.

The course is provided by the Swedish Patent and Registration Office in collaboration with UU Innovation and this will be the fifth round. Some changes have been made from previous courses. From having previously been directed to either the disciplinary domain of science and technology or medicine and pharmacy, this course will bring together doctoral students and researchers from both domains. Another modification is that the course now includes an additional seminar focused on providing tools for structuring and presenting research results from a commercial perspective.

Nhils Forslund is a business advisor at UU Innovation and course responsible. He believes that there is a great need to increase researchers' knowledge of intellectual property, not least in order to improve their chances of getting research grants.

“Some research foundations tend to place an increasing importance on the utilization and impact of research when granting funding. This may for example imply that a strategy for managing intellectual property is to be included in research applications. Having said that, researchers need to be aware that creating a powerful IP strategy usually requires that research results have not already been published in some form. In the course, we will address different situations of relevance to academic research.

Registration for the course is open and last day to register is 22 March. The course has 40 seats and is given in English.

More information about the course and registration links.

Sara Gredemark