Thinking about intellectual property rights (IPR)

Designing your study may already lead to protectable ideas.

Ask yourself:

  • Is the outcome usable for further research?
  • Is it usable for a product or service?
  • Does it need additional protection (e.g., with a patent or copyright)?

Failure to think about IPR at the start of your study may cause you legal trouble and it can lead to limitations to:

  • your research;
  • its dissemination;
  • future related research projects;
  • associated profit or credit.

For any information about Intellectual Property Rights, turn to the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) at your UMC.

Frequently Asked Questions

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) include copyrights and patents.

Your UMC is the legal owner of your data.

IPR can be used in different ways and under different circumstances. Examples are:

  • data that cannot be made public, because a patent is under development;
  • developed software that still needs to receive a license, because otherwise nobody else will be able to use that software.

An alternative way to allow others to reuse your data is to add a Creative Commons license. Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation that enables the sharing and use of knowledge through free legal tools. A creative commons copyright license provides a simple, standardised way to give the public permission to share and use your work on conditions of your choice.