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IPR & Patent

Are you considering applying for a patent? Or are you unsure whether it is even possible? LU Innovation has innovation developers who are experts in intellectual property law and have extensive experience with patents and the protection of research-based ideas. By using intellectual property rights we can help you build a strong business.


IPR of Academic staff

In Sweden researchers own the rights to their findings (IPR of Academic staff) – which entails both a great opportunity and a responsibility.

As an employee of Lund University there is a unique privilege – you own the rights to your research results. This is often called “The Professors Privilege” or “Teachers exemption”. With the right to your findings and inventions, you also have the right to commercialize them. This means that as a researcher at Lund University, you can start a company based on your idea.

At LU Innovation we help researchers and students to bring ideas and research results to the market. You do not need to be an entrepreneur to get your research findings out on the market – we can help you build the right team for your project. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have an idea you want to develop. We will guide you through the process. 

Intellectual property

Intellectual property rights are based on laws and precedents that govern the ownership of intellectual creations. This can be copyright or industrial property rights, which includes industrial designs or patents. Much of our work is in preparing and pursuing patents.

Your plan may not include monetising your idea, but intellectual property protection can still be crucial to your research making a real difference. It can make all the difference in finding partners and other stakeholders willing to invest in developing your findings.

Academic ventures differ in several ways from private enterprises. The differences mean that innovation, and especially the initial stages of a patent application, will require careful thought.

With the right advice, you will be able to combine patents with continued success in your academic research.


In order to make key strategic decisions, it is important to have an early grasp of patentability and what the patent landscape is like in your field of research.

We can help you with surveys of the publication databases and international patent databases to gauge, for example, the patentability of your work. The results of such a survey often provide new knowledge, adding further value to any ongoing research projects.

When things get difficult

Applying for a patent can be an expensive and time-consuming business.

We will support you throughout, help you design an IP management strategy, and put you in touch with external patent firms if necessary.

We can also help cover the costs of drawing up and registering a patent application or an intellectual property rights application. Your innovation developer at LU Innovation can tell you more.

Intellectual property rights can be an important part of a strong positioning, but it is easy to make mistakes, and there are only very limited opportunities to correct things later. It is worth contacting us early – it is our job to make sure your project has every chance of success!

Patents & IPR

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is a collective name for the legal protection of intellectual and immaterial assets.

A patent is, put simply, the sole right to an invention. Inventions are in turn new, technical solutions to problems. 

A patent applies for up to 20 years (for pharmaceuticals 25 years) and in order to be granted patent protection, the idea must be:

  • new
  • significantly different from previous known technology
  • and industrially applicable.

Find out more about patents on the Swedish Patent and Registration Office website.


Are you publishing your findings?

It might seem like an odd question, but in order to be patented the invention must be new in relation to what is generally available on the day the patent application is submitted. This means that patents cannot be granted for published research findings. Remember to contact us before publishing!

Contact our IPR Experts

Our IPR experts would be happy to answer general questions about patents. If you have specific questions about your project it is best to contact your innovation developer.

Per Mercke, 
per [dot] mercke [at] innovation [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 12 67

Fredrik Edman, 
fredrik [dot] edman [at] innovation [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 12 86