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Published: 23 April 2021

Surrey awarded for advances in intellectual property monitoring

The University has been elevated to Tier-1 on IP-Rank, an independent intellectual property (IP) monitoring website. This follows publication of Surrey’s new IP Code, a new Student Guide to IP and new innovation web pages.

IP-Rank investigates and rates how UK universities approach the ownership and accessibility of the IP developed by their students.

Encouraging innovation

Commenting on the elevation, Dr Will Lovegrove, Director of Innovation Strategy, said: “Helping students understand more about IP is very important to the University of Surrey. We believe more students would be motivated to engage in innovation activities if a bigger proportion had a better understanding of their rights. It’s wonderful to have our recent work on refreshing our IP Code in plain English and producing a special ‘Guide to Student IP’ recognised and rewarded in the form of a promotion to IP-Rank’s Tier-1 status.

“This promotion follows a period of investment made by the Technology Transfer Office and others from within Innovation Strategy to refresh our IP Code, create easy-to-read guides, and release the new ‘innovation’ web-pages. These easy-to-understand materials help staff, students and partners find resources, funding, support programmes and events that can help them with innovation and knowledge exchange activities.”

Proactive and engaging

Dr Claudia Duffy, Co-Founder of IP-Rank, said: “Surrey’s a fine example of a proactive university in terms of student IP. Its IP policy and related resources are clear and engaging for students and easily available from their website. The Student IP guide is well constructed, easy to understand, and populated with real-world examples that help students understand their IP rights.”

IP-Rank’s assessment was compiled based on two main criteria:

  1. The students’ ease of retrieval of and access to their university’s IP policy and/or regulations
  2. The transparency of the IP policies and/or regulations in acknowledging IP creation and ownership by students as a distinct category of creators and exploiters of IP. 

Positive impact

Dr Will Lovegrove continued: “We’ve recently seen all UK universities analysed and evaluated by Research England from a knowledge exchange perspective via the mechanism of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF).

“Knowledge exchange and innovation are becoming mainstream activities for universities in making a positive impact on society. Not only for their teaching and research activities, but also for other activities, such as influencing social policy, collaborations with business, technology licensing and spin-outs.

“Our new transparent IP Code and our illustrated Student Guide to IP not only help our staff and students fully understand their IP rights. They also explain how the University will help and support their innovation activities.”

Discover the University of Surrey’s Intellectual Property Code