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Project 1: The drivers of demand for intellectual property (IP) instruments in the UK


   Department of Business and Management

  Prof Suma Athreye, Prof Katharine Rockett  Monday, February 28, 2022  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Colchester United Kingdom Business Management Business & Management Economics Public Policy

About the Project

The PhD scholarship will allow a fully funded PhD student to undertake ground-breaking research uncovering the drivers of demand for IP instruments such as patents, trademarks design rights and trade secrets, those who do and do not acquire IP rights and why, the extent to which trends in IP ownership have been driven by underlying changes in the economy such as the move to digital structures, and the interaction of different types of IP that may be combined into a bundle. New data sources – available due to past investments by the UKIPO –will allow us to shed more light on these old questions and in a way that it targeted to the UK, including in a post-Brexit environment. 

The scholarship will also provide the student with an important opportunity to develop his/her research working closely with UK Intellectual Property Office experts, with the potential of having access to relevant data and other similar organisations and stakeholders and will be empowered in their path to become an independent researcher by a supportive and experienced supervisory team, being immersed in a thriving and internationally recognised Business School, as well as having access to an international community of scholars working in Intellectual Property Protection and Innovation.

Collaborative Partner: UK IPO

Training Opportunities

A comprehensive package of training will be agreed in consultation with the supervisors. Elements of training will be provided by the supervisors, University of Essex and by other providers and will provide the student with an important opportunity to grow competences and skills in quantitative analysis, applying them in the inter-disciplinary area Economics and management of intellectual Property.

Applicants: essential and/or desirable attributes/skills

A background in Strategic Management, Technology Management, Applied Economics or related disciplines and a willingness to engage with practice and policy are required for this project.

Studentship Details

  • This studentship may be taken as either a 1+3 year award (a one-year MSc followed by a three-year PhD), a +3 award (a three-year PhD)
  • It may be taken full-time or part-time

Residential eligibility

  • To be eligible for a full award you must be a Home or International student who satisfies the criteria below:

To be a home student, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK national (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above, you are classed as an international student.

How to apply for this studentship

How to apply for this studentship In order to be considered for this SeNSS studentship, you must first apply for a place to study University of Essex, noting that you are applying for the collaborative studentship. Please go to University of Essex, How to apply for a PhD for information on how to make your application.

You will then need to make a separate application to SeNSS for this collaborative studentship. Please read the SeNSS Collaborative Studentship Application Guidance Notes before completing our online application form. The Guidance Notes are available at the bottom of the following webpage: Applying for a SeNSS collaborative studentship

For further enquiries:

For enquiries related to the studentship topic, please email Prof Suma Athreye ()

For enquiries related to your eligibility for this studentship, and the application process, please email:


Funding Notes

The studentship award covers your university fees and provides you with a stipend of £15,609 per year. You will also be able to apply for small amounts of additional funding via the SeNSS Research Training Support Grant.

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