What is intellectual property, IP and IPR?
Intellectual Property (IP) encompasses the expression of ideas, information and knowledge. At the University of Cambridge this is governed by the University IPR Policy. In the University context IP can be considered as the outcome of research projects, collaborations, consultancies and other activities. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) are the legal rights protecting the owners of IP. The first owner of IP is normally either the person who invents, authors or designs the IP, or his/her employer (depending on the contractual arrangements governing his/her work). Commercial exploitation of the IP can occur directly by the owner of the IP, or by licensing the IP to be used by other companies. The most common types of IPR are confidential information, copyright, patents, trademarks and design rights.
For further information about IP and IPR see the links below.