IA40280 Exploring Intellectual Property

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module introduces students to the issues and actions associated with quality, value, identification and protection of intellectual property. This include an exploration of copyright, patenting, trademarks, industrial design and know-how as well as ways to derive value from the 'protectable' and the ‘unprotectable’.

Through experiential real-life challenges, seminars, case studies and fireside chats the students will be given the opportunity to learn from and interact with a range of IP experts and practitioners including: Innovation Academy Staff; Nova UCD's Innovation and Technology Transfer Team; UCD Library, Patent and Trademark Attorneys; Experienced Entrepreneurs & Investors.

UCD Innovation Academy

At the UCD Innovation Academy, we are a group of Educator Practitioners with extensive real-world experience as academics, business and social entrepreneurs, tech thinkers, creative professionals and design thinking practitioners.

We take an action-oriented approach to learning, with a combination of individual, group and class tasks and activities, including discussions, presentations and reflection. All our teaching is grounded in academic rigour, but our focus is on ‘learning by doing’ in a real-world context.

**Enrolment in an Innovation Academy module means a commitment to active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at all scheduled classes.**


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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

- Describe their legal rights concerning novelty and intellectual property with reference to their specific research and in relation to their wider interests
- Apply intellectual property law principles (including copyright, patents, designs and trademarks) to real problems
- Explain ownership and commercialisation issues arising out of potential intellectual property
- Articulate rights of use they themselves may have for intellectual property legally owned by others
- Work in teams and develop their pitching and presentation skills in a safe environment

Indicative Module Content:

Getting started
Invention Disclosure Form (IDF)

Wider dimensions of I.P.
Picking apart I.P.
Patent claims & patent searches
Creative Commons

Legal Aspects
Software I.P.

Routes to commercialisation
Creating Value
Walking the Walk

Pitches, Presentations & Reflections

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Seminar (or Webinar)




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
• Active/task-based learning
• Peer and Group work
• Reflective Learning
• Enquiry & Problem-based learning
• Student Presentations
• Case Study Learning
• Guest Experts from a variety of fields

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Personal Reflections/Self Realisation Report Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Assignment: Individual report of I.P. in your field or completed Nova UCD Invention Disclosure Document Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Presentation: Group presentations throughout the module Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Attendance: This module requires active participation and engagement which necessitates attendance at scheduled classes (80% minimum attendance is required to pass this component). Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be given to students upon requests. This will include feedback based on their participation during the module and their deliverables