Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship

It is important for anyone to protect his or her ideas. For entrepreneurs, it is essential to safeguard this investment.

Intellectual Property (IP) systems can be critical in helping new ventures transform their innovation potential and creativity into market value and competitiveness.

Intellectual property rights (IPR) can be used to protect the technology, brand name, design and creativity behind the concept. It gives the creator sole ownership of the concept, in a similar way to owning physical property like a house or car. Owners can control the use of their intellectual property to gain financial reward.

In this talk, we talked the importance of protecting intellectual property for entrepreneurs and investors.

Suggested discussion topics for talk:

  • What is the IP System?
  • How do entrepreneurs protect their ideas?
  • What types of IP Protection are Available?
  • What policies relate to the IP system and innovative entrepreneurship?


Among the participants who asked questions on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #herkesicinbilim, 15 people won our Science for All mug. You can see the full list of winners below. We kindly ask the winners to send an email to with ''IP and Entrepreneurship competition"  in the subject line, and provide their contact details, including their phone number and postal address. Please send your email latest by 16 December, Wednesday.


Mert Teymur 

Ali Bulut ‏

Hatice Yedier 

Ecren Yaman 

Oğuzcan Nas 

Adem Boyraz 

Deniz Yılmaz 

Sare Hacı Gazioğulları 


Burak Sak


Onur Çezik ‏@onurcezik  

Bülent BOLAT ‏@BulentBolat  

zeynep aslan ‏@zeynepaslan47 

Süper Anne ‏@meralvural35 

Ozan Sönmez ‏@mrozansonmez  

Our live stream of the talk on Periscope also started at 18.00. 


SkyTürk 360 TV channel will record the talk IP and Entrepreneurship and it will be broadcast on TV.


Professor Emerita Ruth Soetendorp
Associate Director, Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) Bournemouth University
Visiting Academic, CASS Business School, City University, London


Intellectual Property (IP) educator and researcher.   A UK Higher Education National Teaching Fellow (2001).   Chair of the Intellectual Property Awareness Network, and convenor of IPAN’s Education Group.   Member of UKIPO Copyright Education and Awareness Group, UKIPO ‘IP Savvy workforce’ resource advisory group. Former academic reviewer, Quality Assurance Agency.

Committed to increase IP learning amongst IP creators, managers and advisers, student lawyers and attorneys, she has worked internationally with EPO, OHIM, WIPO, the EC, GWIIN, and TEQUIP.  UK clients include Museum of Brands, London; Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys; University of the Arts London; Epigeum Ltd @ Imperial College, Aston, Leicester and Reading universities. 

Recent research with UK National Union of Students on student attitudes to IP was published in 2012. Currently researching with IPAN/NUS university IP policies – perception and practice. IP expert co-ordinator of the report on an OHIM research project into IP Education in the national curricula of EU member states (publication due Autumn 2015).   Currently member of the research team conducting Design Infringement research for UK IPO.  

Current teaching includes IP Management at City University’s CASS Business School and accredited Patent/Trademark foundation studies at Bournemouth University, annual MSc Workshop at Imperial College, UL, Glasgow University law school, postgraduate supervision.

You can download the Prof. Ruth Soetendorp's presentation of Intellectual Property Rights and Entrepreneurship below.