UG Student Questionnaire

"Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), the University, the Student and the Patent Attorney (PA)"

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Please provide the following information Your Username Department Degree Title Are you a Years since start of degree Are you a full-time student part-time student
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==================================================================================================================== Q1. Who is financing your degree and by how much? Please select all that apply Your national government Industrial Sponsor/Contract Charitable Organisation Other Governmental or InterGovernmental (e.g. EU) Body University Self-Financed Other
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If you selected ‘Other’ as one of your choices, please give details below

==================================================================================================================== Q2. Do you have a previous degree? Yes No

If yes, what was the subject area of your previous degree?

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==================================================================================================================== Q3. Have you ever worked in industry? Yes No

If Yes: a. What was your most recent/relevant job role?

b. For how many years?
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==================================================================================================================== Q4. How sure were you of your choice of degree course when applying to university? Give a score from 1 to 5, where 2 = mostly unsure 3 = partially sure mostly sure 5 = totally sure 1 2 3 4 5

1 = totally unsure

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==================================================================================================================== Q5. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements Give a score from 1 to 5, where 1 = completely disagree 2 = mostly disagree 3 = partially agree 4 = mostly agree 5 = completely agree 1 a. “I had a fair idea of what the course would be like before I started” b. “The course is very different from what I expected” c. “It has allowed me to develop technical skills in my chosen field” d. “It has enabled me to develop commercial awareness” e. “It has introduced me to basic business skills” f. “It has introduced me to basic financial skills” g. “It has enabled me to develop communication skills” h. “It has introduced me to the typical legal aspects of business” i. “It has enabled me to develop a basic awareness of law typically relevant to my field” j. “It has allowed me to develop analytical and problem-solving skills” k. “It has enabled me to develop practical/hands-on skills” l. “It has enabled me to develop creative and innovative skills” m. “It has prepared me adequately to launch a career in my chosen profession or field” n. “My interest in the subject has increased as I have progressed through the course” 2 3 4 5

==================================================================================================================== Q6. How confident are you about your current skills and ability to do the

following? On a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 = 0% = not at all confident 100% = completely confident 0 a. Review a project concept and have a rough idea if it can be completed for a reasonable cost. b. Roughly estimate the costs of running a new project. c. Know the steps you would take to place a financial value on a new business venture. d. Recognise when an idea is good enough to support a major business venture. e.Write a clear and complete business plan. f. Explain an innovative, technical idea behind a new product to nontechnical people. g. Convince a customer or client to try a new product for the first time. h. Lead a technical team developing a new product to a successful result. i. Recruit the right employees for a new project. j. Ensure that a new business is able to fulfil the typical legal requirements. k. Work with a supplier to get better prices for a new venture. l. Pick the right marketing approach for the introduction of a new kind of service. m. Ensure that the Intellectual Property (IP) associated to the development of a new product is properly protected. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

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==================================================================================================================== Q7. How much do you agree with the following statements about your future career plans? Give a score from 1 to 5, where 1 = completely disagree 2 = mostly disagree 3 = partially agree 4 = mostly agree 5 = completely agree 1 a. “After graduating, I want to work in the same field as my degree subject/specialisation in my future career” b. “After graduating, I want to start a career in a field other than science or engineering” c. “After graduating, I will be happy to explore and apply for jobs in a variety of fields in science, technology, business or other professions” d. “I do not know what career or profession I want to enter after graduation” e. “I want to pursue specialisation in an area of interest within my present field through a postgraduate degree/ further studies” f. “In order to convert to a career in a profession other than my present subject/field, I want to do 2 3 4 5

another degree or further studies in a different subject, or, an appropriate ‘conversion course’”

==================================================================================================================== Q8. Do you know any fellow students at this university who are No Yes a. Applying for a patent b. Granted a patent c. Considering commercial exploitation No. of students? 1 2 3 or more 1 1 2 3 or more 2 3 or more

==================================================================================================================== Q9. Are you No a. an inventor/co-inventor/owner of a granted patent b. Applying or applied for a patent c. Considering commercial exploitation of an idea or invention of yours If you answered No to all three parts a,b, and c above: Have you ever considered the possibility of commercially exploiting and/or patenting any ideas, inventions or innovations you might have come up with? Yes If Yes: How close are the following scenarios or statements to your experience or views? Give a score from 1 to 5, where 1 = completely irrelevant 2 = mostly irrelevant 3 = partially relevant 4 = mostly relevant 5 = completely relevant 1 i. “I had an idea that I thought might be promising; I considered the possibility of gaining financially from evaluating any potential for commercial exploitation” ii. “I was not sure if there was a viable commercial potential for it and did not want to put in time and effort without better chances of commercial success” iii. “I was not sure if I was the first or only one to have come up with the idea” iv. “I did not know how to find out whether my idea was patentable or how to approach commercialisation” v. “It was just a thought but I never gave patenting or commercialisation any serious consideration” 2 3 4 5 No Yes

==================================================================================================================== Q10. Do you agree with the following statements? Give a score from 1 to 5, where 1 = completely disagree 2 = mostly disagree 3 = partially agree 4 = mostly agree 5 = completely agree 1 2 3 4 5

a. “My ability to think innovatively has developed as a result of my interest in science/technology” b. “My ability to think innovatively has developed as a result of my training as an engineer/scientist/technologist” c. “I would like to be an innovator/inventor and create something useful” d. “I would like to develop a business based on an innovative idea of mine”

==================================================================================================================== Q11. If you needed guidance about patenting or commercial exploitation, where would you go for advice? Please select all that apply Your supervisor / tutor University Enterprise & Innovation Office University IP Manager University Research Support Office Patent Attorney DIY (Do It Yourself) An invention marketing company Other If you selected ‘Other’ as one of your choices, please give details below

==================================================================================================================== Q12. Have you ever considered using, or, used any of the following? Please select all that apply Confidential Disclosure Agreement Mutual Confidentiality Agreement Materials Transfer Agreement Screening Agreement Other confidentiality instrument(s) None of the above If you selected ‘Other’ as one of your choices, please give details below

==================================================================================================================== Q13. Do you think the following should be patentable? Yes No a. Genetic Innovations (e.g. modified genes, gene fragments, gene expression, gene tests, stem cells) b. Results of university research c. Research Tools d. Basic Knowledge (e.g. scientific discoveries, mathematical methods) e. Software Not Sure

==================================================================================================================== Q14. What, in your view, is the level of your awareness of IP rights and patent law? On a scale from 1 to 5 1 = completely unaware 2 = mostly unaware 3 = partially aware 4 = mostly aware 5 = completely aware 1 2 3 4 5

==================================================================================================================== Q15. Have you ever undertaken a patent search for Please select all that apply Verifying the novelty of your idea or innovation Research the state and/or thrust of a particular area of technology Identify players and/or experts in a particular area of technology or science No, I have never done a patent search

==================================================================================================================== Q16. Would you consider using patent searching as a means of researching any of the above? Yes No Not sure

==================================================================================================================== Q17. If an introductory Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) course was offered by the University, would you consider taking it? Yes No Not sure

Regardless of your answer to the preceding question, please give your views about the preferred format of an introductory IPR course for science and/or engineering students:
a. Should it be in the form of Taught course b. Should it be offered as a compulsory module an optional module Self-Taught course Guide Book / Booklet

c. In which year of an undergraduate degree, if at all, do you think such a course or introduction may be more appropriate? 1st year 2nd year 3rd / 4th year 4 to 10 Postgraduate level 10 or more

d. How many hours, in total, should the course be? up to 1 2 to 3

e. If you were interested in such a course for yourself, how many hours, in total, would you be willing to devote to it? up to 1 2 to 3 4 to 10 10 or more

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Q18. How important do you think are enterprise skills (e.g. business, management, communication, legal, financial and commercial skills) for Give a score from 1 to 5, where 1 = completely unimportant 2 = fairly unimportant 3 = partially important 4 = fairly important 5 = very important An engineer? 1 2 3 4 5 1 A scientist? 2 3 4 5

==================================================================================================================== Q19. How important are Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) skills, in your view, as part of the above listed enterprise skills for Give a score from 1 to 5, where 1 = completely unimportant 2 = fairly unimportant 3 = partially important 4 = fairly important 5 = very important An engineer? 1 2 3 4 5 1 A scientist? 2 3 4 5

==================================================================================================================== Q20. Who do you think would be best suited to teach or develop an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) course? For engineering students? A law academic with IP skills An IP lawyer A Patent Attorney with a technology background A scientist with IP skills An engineer with IP skills A university technology transfer manager with an engineering background An IP Manager from industry University IP Manager A Management Scientist with IP skills A Business Studies academic with IP skills A business practitioner with IP skills For science students? A law academic with IP skills An IP lawyer A Patent Attorney with a technology background A scientist with IP skills An engineer with IP skills A university technology transfer manager with a science background An IP Manager from industry University IP Manager A Management Scientist with IP skills A Business Studies academic with IP skills A business practitioner with IP skills

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==================================================================================================================== 1. Which of the following legal intellectual property protection mechanisms require an application to be made to the UK Patent Office? Trade Mark Confidentiality Agreement Registered Design Patent Copyright All of the above Confidence level? 1 2 3

==================================================================================================================== 2. Which of the following can be patented according to UK Patent Law?

A Computer Program Research Tools Databases Human, animal or plant genes Business processes or strategies Mathematical methods or formulae None of the above Confidence level? 1 2 3

==================================================================================================================== 3. How long after filing might a UK patent be granted? 1 year 2 years 3 years 4 years 5 years More than 5 years Confidence level? 1 2 3

==================================================================================================================== 4. How long after applying to the UK Patent Office for a patent can a ‘public disclosure’ of your invention be made? Immediately up to 6 months up to 12 months up to 24 months Not until the patent is granted Confidence level? 1 2 3

==================================================================================================================== 5. Which of the following constitutes ‘disclosure’ within the context of UK Patent Law? Scientific or learned papers published in a journal or magazine Poster Display or Open Day Exhibitions or Demos Casual conversation with friends or colleagues Presentation to a large audience under a formal confidentiality agreement All of the above Confidence level? 1 2 3

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