Postgraduate course on intellectual property and commercialisation in collaboration with PRV

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The course gives a broad overview of different types of intellectual property (IP) and how it can be used to add commercial value to research outcomes, from describing impact in grant applications to licensing and creating startups. It will also provide tools for finding useful information from patents in your research area as well as for structuring and presenting research outcomes from a commercial point of view.

The course includes four seminars given by Uppsala University Innovation in collaboration with the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (Patent & Registreringsverket, PRV).

For whom: The course is open to PhD students, postdocs and researchers from all disciplinary domains at Uppsala University.

Credits/diploma: For PhD students, the course provides 3 ECTS in your postgraduate education. For other participants who complete the course, a course diploma is provided.

Time: The course starts on 22 September and ends on 13 October 2020:

Seminar 1: Tuesday 22 September
Seminar 2: Tuesday 29 September
Seminar 3: Tuesday 6 October
Seminar 4: Tuesday 13 October

 All seminars start at 9:15 and end at 12:00.

Language: English

Location: Online on Zoom or, if possible due to COVID-19, the course will be held in room 3 in house Hubben in Uppsala Science Park, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 38. We will decide what is appropriate, based on conditions and recommendations at the current time.


Register by email to Nhils Forslund no later than 9 September 2020. 

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About the seminars

Seminar 1: Basic IP knowledge
This seminar will provide an introduction to different types of IP and how they are relevant to academic research. There will be an overview of the international systems relevant for patents, trademarks, copyright and industrial design and a discussion on how to protect a product or idea using various types of IP.

Seminar 2: Finding useful information from patents
This seminar will give you insights into patent databases and how to search for patent information, finding and interpreting relevant technical and legal information from the patent literature.
Please remember to bring your laptop as this seminar includes a practical search session.

Seminar 3: Tools for communicating research outcomes
This seminar will give a practical overview of some useful tools for structuring and presenting research outcomes from a commercial point of view. The tools include the Business Model Canvas, Lean Canvas and SRI NABC methods.

Seminar 4: Commercialisation of research outcomes
This seminar will give an overview of different aspects of commercialisation of research outcomes, and how an inventory of IP assets within a project can be performed. Information about the innovation support available from UU Innovation will also be presented.

Course literature
Will be provided during the course and consists of selected documentation and handouts related to the seminar presentations.


Assignment 1
Select an appropriate database with patent content and make a search in your research area. Locate four relevant full text patents.

  1. Read and summarize the technical content in your own words for each patent (1/2 – 1 A4 page in total for the four patents).
  2. For each patent: refer to the patent correctly, give an account for the patent family size and note the extent of subsequent patent documents which cite the patent as prior art.
  3. Indicate which database you retrieved the information from and include a brief description of keywords/patent classification codes you used to find the patent documents.
  4. Describe the legal status on the level of application/granted patent for the complete patent family.

Please note: If you have a research area where patents are of minor relevance contact course responsible for guidance.

Assignment 2
Prepare an “NABC” document for a project in your research area. The NABC should be 1-2 pages long and be written with the intent of attracting a potential investor. You should include as much available information as possible within the given scope (educated guesses and estimates are welcome), while maintaining a balance between the four sections.

Assignment 3

  1. Prepare a simple Intellectual Asset Inventory (IAI) of a project in your research area by identifying a number of relevant project specific intellectual assets and which of the classes they belong to.
  2. Rank the identified assets according to their relevance for creating value/impact for the project, and suggest suitable IP to protect the most important assets.
  3. Suggest ways to create value/impact using the IP.

course completion

Upon completion of the course you should:

  • understand the basic concepts and forms of IP
  • be able to find, evaluate and identify technical information from patent literature within your research area
  • have gained knowledge of some tools for structuring and presenting research outcomes from a commercial point of view
  • understand how to identify and protect IP assets within a project

To pass the course you need to:

  • be present at all four seminars
  • complete the three assignments (more detailed instructions to be provided in the seminars)


If you have any further questions, please contact the course responsible: Nhils Forslund, UU Innovation