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Inventions come at the beginning of the Innovation process, when a new idea is developed and eventually turned into a new product or business. It is important to know how to protect ideas and understand the whole process of patenting. This course will take you through the process, but it will stop short at the utilisation and exploitation of the patent.

It will include

• Discoveries versus Inventions.
• Who the inventors are
• Publications versus Patents
• The patenting process and timelines
• Searching the patent literature and understanding their structure.
• Other forms of Intellectual Property 


By the end of the course you will be able to understand why Intellectual Property is important and you will be able to:

• Distinguish between discoveries and inventions.
• Know the protocols for confidentiality and dealing with patentable ideas
• Know how to approach the Technology Transfer Office (Isis Innovation Ltd)
• Know how to conduct Patent searches on the web
• Understand how and why Patents are structured in the way they are.
• Understand the steps that a Patent has to go through to offer the inventor protection.
• Understand some other aspects of Intellectual property such as copyright and trade secrecy.


Graduate research students and postdoctoral researchers. 




MPLS Visitor


13th December - 0930-1230


A1, D2, D3

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. See the following for more details:

Additional support for researchers.

The Researcher Training Tool (click on Researcher Development)

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)


Please book via the Researcher Training Tool (RTT).

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