IA50001 Exploring IP

Academic Year 2021/2022

Please note this module is designed for Graduate Taught and Graduate Research students. This module cannot be taken by UCD undergraduate students.

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 of our teaching is grounded in academic rigor, but our focus is on learning by doing in a real-world context.

**Enrolment on 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 completion, participants should be able to:
- Have understanding of 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
- Demonstrate knowledge of ownership and commercialization 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
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Small Group


Seminar (or Webinar)






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 field
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: 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


Assignment: Personal Reflections/Self Realization Report Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Attendance: This module requires active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at ALL scheduled classes (80% attendance is required to pass this component). 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


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
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 individually to students, post-assessment - Feedback will be given to students upon request. This will include feedback based on their participation during the module and their deliverables.

Name Role
Dr Mairéad Pratschke Lecturer / Co-Lecturer