IPSim workshop hosted by University of Surrey, Aalbun IP & Tacit Sims
IPSim workshop hosted by University of Surrey, Aalbun IP & Tacit Sims

IPSim workshop hosted by University of Surrey, Aalbun IP & Tacit Sims

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Stag Hill Campus, Lecture Theatre A

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This IPSim workshop and competition are being hosted by the University of Surrey in partnership with Aalbun IP and Tacit Sims.  

About Aalbun IP 

Aalbun is the first truly global Intellectual Property service provider with local offices in eleven countries. We work extensively with IP commercialisation and help protect products and services through trade mark, design and patent registrations. Aalbun also offer the free IP management software AalbunIP and are continuously developing new ways to be more efficient and cost effective when protecting your IP.

About IPSim software

Some people believe Intellectual Property (IP) commercialisation is a matter of Profit and Loss.  It's not, it's much more important than that. IPSim is an online competitive multiplayer real-time strategy game for Mac and PC, where players manage a company that trades in Intellectual Property. The objective of the game is to win by amassing the most cash and most valuable technologies through co-operation and competition with other players.  

There will be up to 8 teams and up to 3 people per team in this workshop. The winning team will win an Amazon Kindle Fire as well as copies of IPSim on-line software for their Mac or PC provided by Tacit Sims and a free 30 minute IP consultation for any inventor/startup from Aalbun IP.  In addition Aabun IP are also offering 50% off their services on the first the first order for anyone attending the event.

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In IPSim you assume control of a knowledge-based company that develops technologies and commercialises Intellectual Property in return for Intellectual Property royalty incomes. The main objective of IPSim is to commercialise as much tech in as many territories as possible whilst minimising the risk of being sued for infringement and maintaining a competitive Intellectual Property advantage over other companies/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.


3pm - 3:30pm Attendees arrive 

3:30pm - 4:00pm IP Basics

4:00pm - 4:30pm IPSim Briefing

4:30pm - 5:00pm IPSim Practice - Easy setting 3 rounds of 5 minutes each

5:00pm - 5:30pm Commercially focused IP Presentation from Wesley Randle

5:30pm - 5:45pm Break and Refreshments

5:45pm - 6:30pm IPSim Competition - Hard setting 8-10 rounds of 6-7 minutes each

6:30pm - Winning teams announced 


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.


Learn the fundamentals and complexities of IP

Experience IP management, trading and commercialisation with other players

Develop management and negotiation skills through experiential learning and reflection

Test offensive and defensive IP strategies

Understand how to manage a budget and update your finances

Use Scenario Packs to customise your experience


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)

“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, MD e-Financial Management (eFM)

“A well organised workshop and effective tool – would certainly recommend.” Muhammad Azam Roomi, Senior Lecturer (Cranfield University School of Management)

“Playing IPSim was a great experience as I managed to put into practice some business related IP concepts. The tool is suitable for a broad range of players, helping beginners learn about IP concepts and is equally exciting for people with deep IP knowledge. It boosted my competitive spirit and was absolute fun. I would love to play it again.” Elena Andonova, Consultant, ISIS Enterprise (ISIS Innovation Limited)

"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

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