Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) (e.g. copyright, patents, etc) affect the way both you and others can use your research outputs.

Failure to clarify rights at the start of the research process can lead to unexpected limitations to:

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

It can also cause you legal trouble.

The full University Intellectual Property Rights Regulations (Chapter XIII of the University’s Statutes and Ordinances) are available online, and this Guidance on the Regulations Concerning Intellectual Property Rights provides additional clarity on key subjects. For a place to start though, you may want to consult Cambridge Guidance Note on IP Policy in Practice: how it works, who to approach and when. Cambridge Enterprise also provides information on IPR.

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