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Lunch with impact: Intellectual Property and software

This event will help you understand how to protect, publish, and commercialise your software inventions.

  • 15 Sep 2021, 12.30pm to 15 Sep 2021, 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).

Taking place via Microsoft Teams.


Georgios Margelis, Talia Sullens and Theo Worsley are Associates at Withers & Rogers, one of Europe’s largest dedicated intellectual property law firms, with offices across the UK and Munich.

Lunch with Impact Workshops

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


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