RCUK welcomes new intellectual property guide for universities
20 May 2011
Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the new Intellectual Asset Management for Universities guide launched today (19 May) by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). This new guide gives advice and information to universities to help them understand how they can best use their institution's intellectual property. This can be an invention, trademark, original design or the application of a good idea.
As a contributor to the creation of the guide, RCUK welcomes it, and encourages universities and higher education institutions to take advantage of the advice it contains. Ensuring that the outputs of research are freely available to wider society, whilst managing the intellectual assets of the researcher and their institution helps to ensure that research contributes to the growth, prosperity and wellbeing of the UK.
The Intellectual Asset Management for Universities guide is available on the IPO website.
Notes to editors
Intellectual property represents the property of the mind or intellect. It can be an invention, trade mark, original design or the practical application of a good idea. For more information visit the IPO website www.ipo.gov.uk.
About the IPO
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is within the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) and is responsible for the national framework of Intellectual Property rights, comprising patents, designs, trademarks and copyright.
Its role is to help manage an IP system that encourages innovation and creativity, balances the needs of consumers and users, promotes strong and competitive markets and is the foundation of the knowledge–based economy.
It operates in a national and an international environment and its work is governed by national and international law, including various international treaties relating to Intellectual Property (IP) to which the United Kingdom is a party.
Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils. We invest annually around £3Bn in research. Our focus is on excellence with impact. We nurture the highest quality research, as judged by international peer review providing the UK with a competitive advantage. Global research requires we sustain a diversity of funding approaches, fostering international collaborations, and providing access to the best facilities and infrastructure, and locating skilled researchers in stimulating environments. Our research achieves impact – the demonstrable contribution to society and the economy made by knowledge and skilled people. To deliver impact, researchers and businesses need to engage and collaborate with the public, business, government and charitable organisations. www.rcuk.ac.uk.
The seven UK Research Councils are:
- Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
- Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
- Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
- Medical Research Council (MRC)
- Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
- Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
BBSRC is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £470M in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life in the UK and beyond and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders, including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.
BBSRC provides institute strategic research grants to the following:
- The Babraham Institute
- Institute for Animal Health
- Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (Aberystwyth University)
- Institute of Food Research
- John Innes Centre
- The Genome Analysis Centre
- The Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh)
- Rothamsted Research
The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research.
Jane Wakefield, RCUK Press and Communications Manager
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