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M4.  Intellectual property and commercialisation


This module has been developed to give researchers (across all disciplines) a comprehensive introduction to commercialisation, from identifying IP, to its protection, packaging and commercial development. Commercialisation can be a long and complex process. However, at the completion of this module you should have developed an understanding of the process, which will enable you to participate with the Office of Commercialisation to commercialise your research. The university will work with you to identify research with commercial potential, protect the IP, and package it for commercialisation.


This module is designed to provide ANU researchers with an introduction to commercialisation. An emphasis is placed on ensuring the researcher gains a broad understanding and appreciation of the processes involved in identifying, protecting and packaging innovations for the market place. Such an understanding should provide a critical base for researchers wishing to participate in and appreciate the complex commercialisation process.

Learning outcomes:

After completing this module you should be able to:

  • define and differentiate the types of intellectual property;
  • describe the nature of intellectual property management;
  • outline the way to structure a research project to generate IP with commercial potential;
  • summarise the ways to protect intellectual property on a daily basis;
  • appreciate the issues relating to intellectual property ownership for employees and students;
  • comprehend the broad commercialisation process;
  • cite the pathways of commercialisation;
  • identify sources of funding for commercialisation;
  • recognise specific roles researchers can play in the commercialisation process;
  • identify the points at which a financial return can be realised;
  • understand the profit sharing policy of ANU.


  • Researchers at all levels, including PhD students and research management staff

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