Innovation & Enterprise


Intellectual Property Policy

The Intellectual Property Policy (IPP) helps staff and students understand their intellectual property (IP) rights, and how they apply to copyright, patents and other forms of intellectual assets.


The policy aims to provide a clear, supportive framework for managing IP issues, for both staff and students. 

It covers ownership, use and management of IP created at UCL. 

The policy recognises:

  • staff ownership of copyright in scholarly and teaching materials 
  • the principles of student ownership of IP generally

It also clarifies any variations or exceptions to the above.

The policy sets out how staff and students can identify and protect any IP they’ve created, to apply their ideas outside the university. 

Note: For information on how revenue is shared when UCL commercialises staff or student IP, see the Revenue Sharing Policy.

Contents include

  • Policy overview and scope
  • Ownership of IP: general
  • Scholarly and teaching materials: UCL copyright waiver 
  • Exceptions to copyright waiver
  • Ownership of IP: specific categories
  • UCL’s licence to use scholarly and teaching materials
  • Student IP, and joint staff/student IP
  • Disputes
  • Glossary

Who should read this policy

  • All staff 
  • Students  


Associated guidance

Last updated: Sunday, September 1, 2019