Corporate Research & Knowledge Transfer

Understanding Intellectual Property (IP) 

Tutors: Dr Ruth Vella Falzon and Dr Ing. Anton Bartolo
Target audience: UM academic staff
Duration: 6 hours - this workshop is split into two sessions. Attendance is required for both sessions.   

Workshop overview

Intellectual Property (IP) is a term frequently bandied about without much understanding of its meaning and implications. The concept of IP is crucial to the existence of universities and their academic programmes, yet even here the awareness and understanding is often lacking. The aim of this workshop is to give the participant an understanding of IP, explain the legal basis around IP Rights (IPR) and discuss practical applications of IP and IPR within and outside universities.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to understand:

  • understand the meaning of intellectual property;
  • understand the value of intellectual property;
  • appreciate intellectual property rights and their legal basis;
  • understand IP and IPR in practical situations (plagiarism, journal submission agreements and the copyright obligations and implications therein, studies involving data owned by a third party, confidentiality embargo, publication vs. protection of IP, publications and IP in collaboration and contract research projects).


Agreements and Disclosures 

Tutors: Ing. Michelle Cortis, Ms Nicola Camilleri and Ms Marie Mifsud
Target audience: Research Support Officers (all levels) and UM academic staff
Duration: 1 hour

Workshop overview

This session will dive into the value and procedures of Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Confidentiality (Non-Disclosure) Agreements (NDAs) and Embargoes and how these research support tools can facilitate in the protection of your research or protect information or materials obtained from, or provided to, an external source. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to understand:

  • when such agreements are necessary;
  • terms and information that should be included in the agreements;
  • issues involving label licenses and human materials;
  • best practices for execution of these agreements;
  • understanding Embargoes and when to use them
  • University of Malta procedures regarding the implementation of MTAs, NDAs and Embargoes.

https://www.um.edu.mt/hrmd/trainingdevelopment/coursesandresources/kto