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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2012 - 2013

Module Title Intellectual Property and Commercialisation
Module Code GS601
School OVPLI

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Sarah IngleOffice NumberA147
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module provides an overview of how a university’s intellectual property is identified, protected and transferred. It has two aims: To provide a systematic understanding of intellectual property and its application to the day to day activities of the researcher. To introduce the researcher to the skills and processes involved in the successful commercialisation of new products, processes and services from scientific research.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the fundamentals of intellectual property rights and how they are protected.
2. Search, analyse and interpret patent applications for university generated intellectual property.
3. Identify and apply tools for maintaining high quality, verifiable research records.
4. Explain and appraise the role of the university researcher in the innovation process.
5. Evaluate the commercialisation strategies for new technology products, processes and services, from a business, technological and IP perspective.
6. Design, research, present and defend a commercialisation report for a new product, process or service based on university research.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial6No Description
Independent Study65No Description
Online activity30Podcasts on company case studies , sample business plans , guest speakers
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Workshop 1
What is Intellectual Property

Workshop 2
Introduction to High-Technology Entrepreneurship and Business Planning

Workshop 3

Workshop 4
Licensing & Commercialisation Marketing New Technologies

Workshop 5
Business Models and Entry Strategies

Workshop 6
High Tech- Financing

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Hine, Damian and Kapeleris, John: 2006, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology, An International Perspective, 1st Edition, Edward Elgar, UK, 1843765845
  • Patzelt, Holger and Brenner, Thomas(Eds): 2008, Handbook of Bioentrepreneurship, 1st Edition, Springer, :USA, 0387483438
  • Mullins, John W.: 2003, The New Business Road Test, Financial Times Prentice Hall, London, 0273663569
  • Bernasconi, Michel , Harris, Simon and Mette Monsted (Eds): 2006, High-Tech Entrepreneurship, Managing Innovation, Variety and Uncertainty, Routledge, London, 0415380588
  • Therin, Francois (Ed): 2007, Handbook of Research on Techno-entrepreneurship, 1st Edition, Edward Elgar, UK., 1845422864
  • J. Sterne: 2004, Adventures in Code: The story of the Irish software industry, Liffey Press, Dublin, 190414859X
  • Dorf, R. C. and Byers,T. H: 2008, Technologies Venture; from ideas to enterprise, McGraw Hill, New York,
Other Resources

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