I. A. M. Guide

Who is this for?

This guide aims to help senior university managers set strategies to make the most of the benefit from the intellectual assets created by their staff and students.

What's available?

IP management in universities is an extensive area, and this Guide provides a broad overview for senior managers. In the context of this guide, ‘Intellectual assets’ extends beyond Intellectual Property (IP) rights to also include the know-how and trade secrets of the staff and students. It seeks to assist institutions to develop an intellectual property strategy that is consistent with their wider policy framework, their organisation, and their contribution to the economy and society. This guide will help individual institutions adopt their own strategic approach allowing them to use their IP to secure greatest benefit for the economy and society.

Intellectual asset management for universities


This guide will help individual institutions adopt their own strategic approach allowing them to use their IP to secure greatest benefit for the economy and society.

IP AND THE UNIVERSITY BUSINESS MODEL

IP is at the heart of a huge array of university activities, and should therefore be considered a major tool to enhance those activities and achieve the institution’s business goals. The challenge lies in recognising how IP can be used strategically in an individual institution.

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STRUCTURING IP POLICIES

All higher education institutions are concerned withthe creation and dissemination of knowledge. The challenge for university IP managers, policy makers and head of academic departments is to discern the value of such knowledge, and to devise a policy that best realises its value or assets. Once an institution has determined its overall business model, it needs to structure IP policies that complement the model whilst delivering maximum benefit and implement that appropriately across its subject mix.

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IP CONTRACTS – OWNERSHIP AND ACCESS RIGHTS, AND BENEFITS OF COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH

The key issue in considering IP agreements is how to secure rights to continue to use existing IP and to exploit IP which arises from a new research project, and also how to balance this with working collaboratively with other institutions be they public or private.

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MONITORING AND EVALUATION

Each university should identify those indicators which are most appropriate to its aims and objectives. Where possible, these indicators should feed in to broader format to ensure efficient reporting and minimal burden from national data requests.

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I.A.M Guide

Guidance that helps university management set IP strategies that maximise the impact of the intellectual assets developed at their institution.