Protect your Intellectual Property

To succeed in the life sciences industry, it is essential to have a clear understanding of intellectual property (IP) rights and how to use them to accelerate the growth of your business, secure freedom to operate, reduce legal risk and attract investment.  A strong IP position can be critical to raising venture capital and forming strategic alliances with other companies whose input is needed to take a particular technology or product to market.
 

A number of IP rights exist, each having a specific purpose and character. This module provides a basic introduction to those rights, together with some practical advice on how to protect and use them.  

Curator:

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the worlds most dynamic sectors, with a focus on life sciences. The firm has won multiple awards, most recently Law Firm of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2017 and the Legal Business Awards 2018.
 

1

Understand different types of IP rights

5M

A summary of IP rights, including: patents; confidential information / trade secrets; registered designs; unregistered designs; trademarks; copyright; and database rights. Information on the duration of protection and an overview of associated costs is provided. 

IP Rights by Type

30M

These short reviews include: an introduction; how to obtain each type of IP; what can be protected and how long the protection will last. 

2a. Patents

2b. Confidential Information / Trade Secrets

2c. Registered Designs

2d. Unregistered Designs

2e. Trade Marks

2f. Copyright

2g. Database rights

2

Develop your IP strategy

20M

Your IP strategy should support your overall business objectives. To protect your IP and create opportunities for its successful commercialisation, you will need to follow these steps. 

15M

Your IP strategy should support your overall business objectives. To protect your IP and create opportunities for its successful commercialisation, you will need to follow these steps. 

3

Understand Key Terminology

If you come across any unfamiliar language in this module, here's a glossary of key terms. 

4

Further Information and Resources

This project was joint-funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative based at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University of Cambridge. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

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