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Lunch with Impact: Intellectual Property and Software

Join us for this Lunch with Impact Property and Software to learn how to protect, publish, and commercialise software inventions.

  • 27 Sep 2023, 12.30pm to 27 Sep 2023, 2.00pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free

Intellectual Property and software have a unique relationship. The legal instruments which are used to protect IP were largely decided upon before the advent of software and as such, software did not naturally fit into the established IP ecosystem. Lately, IP policy makers have been working hard to adopt software to give software developers equal footing when it comes to protecting their IP.

In this webinar we will discuss the current state of protecting software via patents, copyright, registered design rights, and trade secrets. By the end of the webinar you will know which IP rights your software can benefit from, how to maximise your benefit, and how to commercialise your IP rights in the way that suits you (e.g. start a spin-out, make software open source (with restrictions), monetise your IP).

This event is open to staff and research students at the GW4 Universities. The webinar will be held via Microsoft Teams.

A related event on Introduction to IP and Research Commercialisation will be held on Wednesday 18 October 2023.


The session will be presented by Theo Worsley and Talia Sullens, Associates at Withers & Rogers, one of Europe’s largest dedicated intellectual property law firms.

Lunch with Impact Workshops

This workshop is part of a series funded by the University’s HEIF and EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), to support researchers in identifying, generating, evidencing and achieving impact from their research. Sessions are designed to enable attendees to apply the information, knowledge and tools to their own research.

Lunch with Impact: Intellectual Property and Software

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