Are you keen to improve your understanding of Intellectual Property (or IP) to support your doctoral research?

As Copyright Officer I offer a lot of support via an enquiry service, web pages and a Copyright for Etheses training session, as part of the Doctoral Development Programme, to support students when preparing to write up their doctoral theses. However, copyright is just part of the Intellectual Property or IP rights that you may want to consider when researching for and preparing your thesis. Intellectual Property Rights include trademarks, patents and design as well as copyright. The Intellectual Property Office has recently launched a tutorial aimed at staff and students in education:

http://www.ipo.gov.uk/blogs/iptutor/

The tutorial is visual, interactive and has four pathways:

  • Creative
  • Humanities
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
  • Business, Law and Accounting

So you can work through a pathway that is appropriate to your discipline and research.

It took me about 20 minutes to work through the tutorial, although they suggest spending a little longer. I thought it was fun to do and even included some examples based on University students. By the end I thought I had a good understanding of all aspects of IP and how it might relate to me and my work. I recommend all doctoral students take a look at this tutorial.

Remember if you have any specific queries about your research and copyright you can check out the guidance on the Copyright Hub http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/copyright

March 2015