IP & IPSim Workshop @ Rothamsted Centre for Research & Enterprise 02-Apr-19

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IPSim - Experiment. Learn. Win.

This workshop and competition is being hosted by Tacit Sims in partnership with Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise and sponsored by WP Thompson with special contribution of Kerry Rees - Partner.

There will be up to 4 teams and up to 3 people per team. The winning team will win an Amazon Kindle Fire.


2pm - 2:30pm IP Basics Presentation from Wesley Randle and Kerry Rees.

2:30pm - 2:45pm IPSim Briefing

2:45pm - 3:15pm IPSim Practice - Easy setting 3 rounds of 5 minutes each

3:15pm - 3:30pm Commercially focused IP Presentation from Wesley Randle and Kerry Rees.

3:30- 4:20 pm IPSim Competition - Hard setting 8-10 rounds of 6-7 minutes each

4:30pm - Winning teams announced


You can get a feel for IPSim by watching the game trailer or the product video below.

In IPSim you assume control of a knowledge-based company that develops technologies and commercialises Intellectual Property in return for royalty incomes. The main objective of IPSim is to commercialise as much tech in as many territories as possible by co-operating with other players. You also have to minimise the risk of being sued for infringement whilst maintaining a competitive advantage over other players. A successful and strategic company amasses securely protected Intellectual Property that is commercialised in all territories as well as Intellectual Property that is used for blocking or trading purposes. The most successful company is the company with the most lucrative Intellectual Property Portfolio at the end of the simulation.


At Tacit Sims we develop educational business software - simulations and games. Watch our company backstory video to find out more:


IPSim encourages social interaction, because we believe that communal learning is extremely effective and is closer to practical experience. Each action taken by a player in IPSim (a trade, a negotiation or a strategic decision), will have human consequences whether they are a result of betrayal, collaboration or extreme competition. In this way, IPSim puts each player in a real-time scenario, with finite resources and real-life pressures on relationships, that force them to collaborate and compete in a way that they would when running a real business.


Valuation and Trading

Licensing (Exclusive and Non-exclusive)


Open Source commercialisation

Inventions and Trade Secrets

Tech Commercialisation

Implications of Enforcing and Infringement of IP Rights

IP Policies

Obsolete Tech and Revoked IP

IP Landscaping

Territorial use of IP


Develop, Buy, Licence Trade Secrets and Patents through Negotiations

Acquire or file patents

Enforce Legal action against infringers or settle out of court

Commercialise your IP

Explore Commercialisation Strategies

Collaborate and Compete

Manage your Finances


"We played probably for 5 hours straight... we were having a lot of fun, trying to make the most money" Saarah Khan & Hanne Ballhausen, MSc Management and Corporate Sustainability (Cranfield University)

“Good simulation to help those that would like to learn about the commercialisation of IP. The time limit placed on each player is a good thing, not just for time keeping, but it exerts some stress and encourages players to act fast like in the real world.” Steve Khoo CEO (Tidal Harness Ltd)

"Enjoyable, Educational and Challenging" Stuart Forrest, Patent Attorney (WP Thompson LLP)

Patent Attorney

WP Thompson

“IPSim is an enjoyable experience and also interesting to see interactions between players. It gets you thinking about how IP works, the differences on some of the terms, where to develop IP and how others react." Gary Jesson

Managing Director

EFM (financial expertise for your business)

“A well organised workshop and effective tool – would certainly recommend.” Muhammad Azam Roomi

Founding Dean, Executive and Continuing Education and Professor of Entrepreneurship

Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College of Business & Entrepreneurship - MBSC

"It was fantastic... it's an addictive game"

Prafull Sharma, Entrepreneur

“IPSim ticks all the boxes for our students. Its extremely engaging for them too” Andrew Osborn, Head of Engineering, Central Bedfordshire UTC

Head of Engineering

Central Bedfordshire UTC

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