As a student, you need to understand what IP is, who owns it, and what can be done with it before proceeding with an idea.
Here's where to find some help:
- IP and the University of Oxford. The University of Oxford's IP Rights Management Team can provide advice on the IP policy.
- The team at Oxford University Innovation can provide advice on how IP can be used in starting a company.
- OUI's guide to students and IP
The Government Intellectual Property Office (IPO) also provides helpful advice and even a short course on IP.
Non-disclosure agreements. NDA's are useful if you are concerned that any discussion may put your IP at risk. The IPO has free downloadable templates and advice.
Patent Costs. If you want to understand patents and what costs are involved, check out this great article by Dehns.
OUI’s website on IP, linking to
- Overview of different types of IP
- Patenting - further detailed information
- Software, copyright and database rights
- IP for students
- Translational funding
- Startup incubator
- Starting a company
- IP statutes
- Revenue sharing regulations
- Outside appointments
- Conflict of interest management
- Spinout equity
- Intellectual property and students – the statutes and regulations also apply to students, you can refer to the student handbook
Where to get help
Advice on IP
Come and see OUI at one of their hot-desk drop in locations across the University. You are welcome to turn up and they'll be happy to talk with you. They do sometimes get booked into meetings while they're at a hot-desk, so if you want to be sure of finding them when you get there, feel free to get in touch first. https://innovation.ox.ac.uk/university-members/innovation-hotdesks/
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