For specific queries about intellectual property rights, talk to the relevant Grants & Contracts Officer in the first instance.

The ownership of intellectual property rights – or IPR – that arise from the project depends on the terms and conditions of the funder. In most cases these will be owned by the University, although commercial funders may want an exclusive licence.

If the project results in IPR which may have a commercial application, please contact Kent Innovation & Enterprise (KIE) as soon as you can. KIE will advise on the protection of the IPR, and the best way to exploit it. Income arising from IPR exploitation is shared with inventors, after the deduction of costs, in line with current rates approved by Finance.