Using the module
Welcome to Intellectual Property in the Research Context. An understanding of intellectual property (IP) is essential for researchers in any disciplinary field. This course will provide a clear explanation of this potentially intimidating subject area and will guide you through many of its practical applications, from publishing papers to commercialising research. Open access publishing and emerging technologies add complexity to the area of IP and are untangled here with contemporary case studies and scenarios. Intellectual Property in the Research Context is part of the Becoming a Researcher programme.
This module introduces you to the principles and rules governing confidentiality, ownership and exploitation. It illustrates the importance of confidentiality, advises on ownership and explains how IP can be exploited, while helping you to overcome some of the problems and dilemmas you might face.
If this is the first time you have accessed the Intellectual Property in the Research Context course, or if you need a brief reminder, here is some information on how the screens are organised, and some of the tools and features that are used throughout:
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The poll questions are designed to help you think about your own situation and attitudes, and to compare your responses to those of others taking the course. Consider talking to an academic advisor about your responses.
Throughout this course, you will find additional learning opportunities in 'pods'. Exploring the information provided in the pods will enrich the learning experience.
At the very end of each module, you have the opportunity to test your learning further with a multiple-choice quiz. This consists of five questions and can be taken more than once (a new set of questions will appear).
The Intellectual Property in the Research Context course is designed to gradually build up your understanding and skills. We recommend that you complete the modules in the order given, but they have been designed so you can access each of them independently according to your own requirements and those of your institution.