Intellectual Property

What is Intellectual Property (IP)?

IP includes inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, names, images, and designs - anything that arises from human creativity. The principal rights governing ownership of such assets are known as IP rights (IPRs).

Why is IP important?

We recognise that you generate valuable knowledge and expertise in your field. We are committed to ensuring that our distinctive research delivers academic, social and economic impact through publication and use.

It is therefore essential to be aware of how to identify, protect, manage and commercialise IP.

Benefits to DMU researchers

DMU is home to a wide range of internationally excellent research and teaching. Our academic and research staff and students represent significant intellectual capital.

We therefore encourage commercialisation of our IPR and operate a profit share arrangement so that you can benefit for the work you carry out at DMU.


Intellectual Property Evaluation and Commercialisation

We have processes for the management of Intellectual Property and provide services to support researchers and staff in the disclosure, evaluation and exploitation of IP.

IP disclosure

The first stage in successfully exploiting IPRs is early identification. If you have an invention or create an innovation you think may be profitable, you have a duty to declare its existence to us.

To do this you should use our standard IP Disclosure Form.

This ensures professional and timely management of disclosures.


For DMU staff and researchers: To find out more or book a confidential appointment to discuss your potential IP please contact the Enterprise and Business Relations team at

For information on student IP click here.