e. Intellectual property rights

Failure to think about Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) at the start of your study may cause legal dispute later on. In addition, it may lead to limitations to your research, its dissemination, future related research projects, and associated profit or credit.

Designing a study may already lead to protectable ideas. Ask yourself:

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

If you answer yes to all of the above questions, please contact an expert at your UMC who can help you with IPR for your specific study.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

  • Some data cannot be made public because a patent on an idea or prototype is under development; it may become public as soon as the patent has been filed.
  • Developed software always needs to be covered by a license, because otherwise nobody else will be able to use that software.