Intellectual property rights

Simply put, Intellectual Property, which is commonly abbreviated to IP, is knowledge which a person or institution can claim ownership of. This knowledge is often of commercial value.

Intellectual Property (IP) is an intangible asset which can be given a financial value and as such intellectual property can be bought, sold, mortgaged or licensed. You need to carefully consider who owns the IP in your research data before making it available outside of the University?

The University Enterprise and Business Development Office (EBD) provide information including:

  • types of intellectual property rights
  • know-how and confidential information
  • patents
  • copyright
  • design rights
  • trademark

The Intellectual Property and Commercialisation team within the EBD works with the University's staff and students to commercialise intellectual property where appropriate.

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

“Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.”

Creative Commons

The University of Cambridge data management website contains this statement:
Re-use our materials. Please feel free to re-use or adapt our materials into your own courses or websites. In order to encourage re-use, all materials produced by the Incremental project are under a Creative Commons license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.”

RDM news and events
  1. The University has adopted a simple data classification model which must be applied by the PI and/or data owner
  2. We share our RDM survey: overview findings presentation as well as the results of our 2015 survey on Your research data management needs
  3. "Introduction to Information Governance" training is now available via "Embedding Informatics in Clinical Education" (EICE). The University is registered as an institution so you can register against this or ask for an account via IGT@le.ac.uk.
  4. There is now a University Information Governance web presence
  5. Our Data Management Planning documents have been updated - hard copies can be obtained if you contact researchdata@le.ac.uk
  6. Jisc has published a new RDM strategy document - "Directions for RDM Management in UK Universities"
  7. The Partridge Review - HSCIC Data Release Review - Full report (3.58 Mb) and Summary
  8. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have published a new Research data policy underpinned by nine core principles and Data management plan guidance (26/03/2015)
  9. RDM Principles approved by the University.
  10. DMPonline version 4.0 - DCC "DMPonline" (Data Management Planning) v4 has gone live. You can use this web based form to create your Data Management Plan, and share it with your collaborators.
  11. Research funder specific web pages (accessible via 'Data Planning & Management - What you need to do') for data planning and management guidance (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, and STFC)
  12. 'Data Planning & Management - what you need to' - a web page to take you through what you need to do about data planning and management.
  13. 'RDM - The Movie' is released! The 4 minute digital story of research data work here at Leicester.

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