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Understand different types of IP

Protects: Products and processes which involve new and inventive technical innovations.

Duration of Protection:

20 years

Application Costs:

£5,000 - £50,000 

Patents

Protects: The 3D shape or configuration of the whole or part of your device, excluding surface decoration (UK).

Duration of Protection:

10-15 Years (UK)

Application Costs:

None, arises automatically

Unregistered Designs

Protects: Databases where there has been "substantial investment" in obtaining, verifying or presenting its contents.

Duration of Protection:

15 Years

Application Costs:

None, arises automatically

Database Rights

Protects: ​Confidential information communicated in circumstances importing an obligation of confidence.

Duration of Protection: 

Until information is disclosed to the public

Application Costs:

None

Confidential Information

Protects: Branding and elements of trade dress.

Duration of Protection:

Unlimited

Application Costs:

£750 (UK), £2,000 (EU)

Trademarks

Protects: The 2D or 3D appearance of a device or its component parts, including lines, contours, colours, materials, texture and shape.

Duration of Protection:

25 Years

Application Costs:

£450 (UK), £800 (EU)

Registered Designs

Protects: Original literary, musical and artistic works.
Proof of copying is required to enforce this mark.

Duration of Protection:

Generally the lifetime of the Creator plus 70 years

Application Costs:

None, arises automatically

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Summary of IP Rights

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

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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