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Commercial Intellectual Property

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Course Fee:

    Available at no cost to eligible individuals (see criteria below).

  • Start Date(s): Various, see dates below
  • Duration: Morning seminar (3 hrs) or noon webinar (4 x 1 hr)
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
    More information


This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Please note: This course is delivered through the Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs project, which is part funded by the European Social Fund. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is pleased to offer free (fully funded) places on this course to support employees of small and medium businesses that are based in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire.

Nottingham Law School, jointly with our award winning law firm NLS Legal Limited, are pleased to offer a series of short seminars to build your knowledge of Intellectual Property. These will introduce you to Intellectual Property, explore how to protect your IP and avoid pitfalls, and finally look at how to commercialise your IP. You can choose to come on one, all or a selection of the different modules depending on your knowledge and needs.

The seminars will be delivered either on a morning at Nottingham Law School over three hours or, if there is demand, as a series of four, one hour-long lunchtime webinars across a one month period.

What you’ll study

Intellectual Property (IP) can play an important role in any business, from those just starting out to more established companies. Early engagement with Intellectual Property can help to avoid problems later down the line and can even help to capture and capitalise on valuable rights you may otherwise miss.

Every week there are new stories about copyright, trade marks, designs and patents and our course aims to help you understand these rights and know your Cuthberts from your Colins! This series of modules is intended to demystify Intellectual Property and help you identify the different IP rights in the work you are doing, the steps you can take to protect your IP and the importance of doing so.

Throughout this course you will gain valuable understanding of the different Intellectual Property rights and how to make them work for you. You will gain valuable skills and an awareness of the value and importance of Intellectual Property.

The course will be interactive in nature with presentations, activities and Q&As to help you understand the different issues being discussed. The sessions are designed to encourage discussion and we welcome participation. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions both during and after the main part of the seminar.

How you’re taught

Below you'll find an outline of each module we offer as part of this course:

Please note, each of these modules has a different date and you can choose to do all, some or one as suits you.

You can apply to any of the below modules here.

Introduction to Intellectual Property

During this interactive session we will look at the four main Intellectual Property rights, trade marks, copyright, patents, and designs.

We will discuss how these rights arise, how they can help you with your business and some of the key early steps you can take to protect these rights as you create them.

We will also discuss how to avoid some common early pitfalls when IP is concerned.

Please find dates for this module below, you can select your preferred dates when registering your interest:

  • 28 September 2023
  • 26 October 2023

Advanced Intellectual Property

During this interactive session we will take a more detailed look at the Intellectual Property rights.

In particular we will look in more detail about how best to protect these rights especially for those looking to secure registrations for their designs, trade marks and patents.  We will also look at some of the practical steps that you can implement as you work to try and capture as much of your IP as possible.

Finally we will also look at how you can use your IP rights and maybe those of others. This will start to look at the how you can make your IP work for you once you have taken all the steps to protect it

Please find dates for this module below, you can select your preferred dates when registering your interest:

  • TBC

Commercialisation of Intellectual Property

The final of the three modules will take a look at how to put your Intellectual Property to use.

We will look at ways to use the different types of Intellectual Property you have created as a way to open new revenue streams, bring in investment and grow your business.

We will also look at some of the questions that often arise around conflict with Intellectual Property rights and the steps you can take to avoid or minimise the risks around such conflicts.

Please find dates for this module below, you can select your preferred dates when registering your interest:

  • 7 September 2023
  • 18 October 2023

Staff Profiles

Peter Vaughan

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

Peter Vaughan is a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University and practising Chartered Trade Mark Attorney.

Matilda Kapala

Legal Assistant

Nottingham Law School

Matilda Kapala is a Legal Assistant at NLS Legal focusing on the Intellectual Property service area. Matilda also provides administrative support as required.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place on this course you must be employed by a small or medium business (under 250 employees) in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire.

No previous qualifications or experience is needed to access this course.

If you have any queries about this course, please email:

If this course is of interest but you or your company do not meet the eligibility criteria for a funded place, please contact us to find out about dates for other occurrences.

Fees and funding

This course is available at no cost to eligible participants.