Intellectual Property: What You Need to Know


Researchers discover new insights into multiple areas of life and therefore generate new intellectual property (IP). It is therefore necessary for all researchers to have an awareness of IP and its related issues. This session will help you:

  • Identify different types of Intellectual Property and understand the protection available for each IP Right
  • Understand the value of IP Rights for both researchers and the University, and how that value can be extracted
  • Gain familiarity with the University’s IP Policies and Procedures, and who you can contact for advice

Booking Instructions

Bookings for workshops are via PhD Manager:

Please click on Calendar (on the left hand side) where all the events are listed.

PhD Manager will hold your booking and attendance records for all Researcher Development activities.


  • Sinead Hunter

    Sinead Hunter has worked at Ulster University since 2015 in the role of Intellectual Property Manager, having previously worked in similar roles in both private legal practice and multinational companies. Sinead is responsible for assessing and protecting Intellectual Property generated within the University, drafting Intellectual Property related agreements and ensuring compliance with the University’s Intellectual Property Policies and Procedures.

    Prior to joining the University, Sinead has worked as IP Manager for a number of multi-national companies, including The Royal Bank of Scotland and BP.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain C of the Vitae Framework: Research governance and organisation which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • C1: Professional conduct
  • C2: Research management
  • C3: Finance, funding and resources
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework