The major source of value of an organisation lies in its intellectual capital. Intangible assets, which form the skeleton of any organisation, incorporate intellectual property, even if they are not often aware of it. It is an element of importance, because unidentified hidden intellectual capital is worthless and lost for the organisation. Thus the identification of an organisation’s intangible assets is the first step to undertake in order to be able afterwards to protect, valuate and finally exploit its core sources of value. That is why intangible assets identification related concepts are developed in this introductory module.

Estimated duration: 1 hour.

This module gives you an overview of intellectual property (IP) and introduce the main concepts of IP. It explains the distinction between intellectual property and industrial property and defines what can and cannot be protected by intellectual property rights. It is important that at the end of this module you have a general picture about IP. However, you must bear in mind that all these concepts are going to be better explained throughout the rest of the course.

Estimated duration: 1 hour