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Protect and exploit your IP

This page provides information about commercialisation of intellectual property for staff at our University. If you're from an external business interested in learning more about working with us, please read our information for businesses.

We're here to help advise on protection of your intellectual property (IP) in order to derive maximum benefit from it. We can give you advice on ownership and protection of research results routes for commercial exploitation, the patent process and finding commercial partners for IP licensing

Types of IP

  • Copyright protects material, such as literature, art, music, sound recordings, films and broadcasts.
  • Designs protect the visual appearance or eye appeal of products.
  • Patents protect the technical and functional aspects of products and processes.
  • Trade Marks protect signs that can distinguish the goods and services of one trader from those of another.

IP also covers know-how (trade secrets), plant varieties, geographical indications, performers' rights and so on. Often, more than one type of IP may apply to the same creation.

IP protection and exploitation

Intellectual Property Rights give legal recognition to the ownership of intellectual property. Some rights are automatic, but others require action in order to gain IP protection.

Licensing is often the most effective way of controlling the transfer of technology from the University to industry. It enables us to maintain ownership, and therefore control, of our IP whilst at the same time generating royalty income from the its use by industry. An IP License Agreement is a contract under which an owner of IP (the licensor) permits another person (the licensee) to engage in activities that, in the absence of the license agreement, would infringe the licensor's legal rights attaching to the IP.

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Rob Singh

Dr Robert Singh

Deputy Director (Enterprise)

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

Telephone 01206 874278