Singapore University of Social Sciences

IP & Technology-Driven Innovation

IP & Technology-Driven Innovation (IPM574)


IPM574 IP & Technology-Driven Innovation aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to gain insights into the various approaches to Research & Business Development (R&BD), examine IP issues in R&BD, emergence of IP and its impact on R&BD leading to the criteria to assess invention disclosures with commercial value, objectives and benefits of invention disclosures, and key considerations for technology assessment to support IP and business strategies. This course looks at the aspects that comprise the value chain from R&BD to invention disclosure. Introducing the concept of R&BD as a starting point, students will uncover the essence of R&BD and the determining factors in the course of ascertaining and generating invention disclosures. In addition, students will learn how R&BD supports an organisation’s IP and business strategies and its synergy with invention disclosures. Lastly, students will utilise the competencies gained from R&BD and technology assessment to formulate technology-driven IP strategies.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • Difference between R&D and R&BD
  • Types of R&D models and implementation strategies
  • IP issues related to R&BD
  • Types of collaborations with stakeholders
  • Implementing suitable approaches to R&BD
  • Success factors in dealing with IP issues in R&BD
  • Emergence of IP and the IP ecosystem
  • Applications and benefits of invention disclosures
  • Commercial value of invention disclosures
  • Patent value and its relationship with invention disclosures
  • Critical factors and steps needed for a successful IP strategy
  • Steps to achieve cost efficiency

Learning Outcome

  • Compare the various types of R&BD approaches
  • Examine IP issues in R&BD from technology and business perspectives
  • Prepare the relevant information and criteria to identify invention disclosures with commercial value
  • Determine the rationale and commercial objectives for publishing invention disclosures
  • Assess the emergence of IP and its impact on R&BD from a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) perspective
  • Appraise the objectives and benefits of invention disclosure approaches
  • Evaluate key considerations for technology assessment to support IP and business strategies
  • Plan and oversee execution of approaches
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