Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Welcome to an introductory course on intellectual property rights organised by The Patent and Registration Office (PRV), the Swedish national authority for IPR, and the University of Borås.

In all aspects of creating knowledge, be it research, development, innovation, or any other kind, the concepts of intellectual assets and intellectual property are becoming increasingly important. Identification and management of intellectual assets, and securing assets as intellectual property, may prove crucial for your future professional life: to generate research opportunities and successful grant applications, build collaborations, create societal impact from research results, etc., as well as in entrepreneurial endeavours for creating profitable commercialisations.

This course will give an introduction to the recognised types of IPR: patent, design, trademark, and copyright, and show you how to search, interpret, and use IPR data in your own work. Also, the course will cover how to make inventory of and manage intellectual assets in your project, and how this is used in future research planning, resilience, collaborations, grant applications, etc.

Target groups
PhD students, but open to all including senior researchers.

Course objectives
After the course, the participant

  • Is aware of the most important intellectual property rights,
  • Has basic knowledge of how to obtain, maintain and enforce the above rights,
  • Has basic knowledge of the structure of IPR information and how to search the databases,
  • Is aware of various ways of utilizing IPR information,
  • Is aware of how to identify and manage intellectual assets produced in research
  • Is aware of how intellectual property rights may be utilized as professional assets
  • Is aware of how intellectual property rights are related to research utilization

Examination for academic points
PhD and master students will be given assignments to complete after the seminars. Attendance at all three seminars and successful completion of the assignments will award the student 2 academic points (HP).

The course will be given on two occasions, each encompassing three seminars of three hours each.

Course in January

The course with the same contents and objectives as above will also be given in January 2018 according to the following schedule.

Seminar 1: Basic knowledge about Intellectual Property Rights

22 January 2018 at 13.00–16.00

Seminar 2: How to find information in the databases, useful within your research area

23 January 2018 at 13.00–16.00

Seminar 3: Intellectual assets and research results

24 January 2018 at 9.00–12.00

Doctoral students - register to your research officer no later than 18 January.
Others, register no later than 18 January here.